The Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamaath (SLTJ) said they were calling off their demonstration in the capital as well as a work stoppage after talks with a senior police officer in charge of security in the capital.
“As to a request of Senior Deputy Inspector General Anura Senanayake the SLTJ postpones the protest,” the group said on Twitter.
Muslims were due to stage a “hartal”, or work stoppage, similar to their action on Thursday when much of Colombo’s wholesale markets shut down to protest a wave of attacks which have left at least four people dead.
Police have been widely criticised for their failure to prevent a series of attacks at the beginning of last week in coastal areas, carried out by a hardline Buddhist group known as the Buddhist Force (BBS).
Muslims account for about 10 percent of Sri Lanka’s 20 million population who are mainly Buddhists. (NDTV)