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Three arrested over social media rumours in Matara

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Three people are in custody for allegedly spreading false rumors on social media in Matara.

Addressing the media at the Defence Ministry yesterday (14) police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said that the arrests were made by a special police unit which is monitoring Social Media.

They are being charged under emergency regulations and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

He also said that 14 others have been arrested in Minuwangoda for communal attacks in the area and remanded till 29 May by the Minuwangoda Magistrate.

Regarding the incidents at Wayamba 60 individuals have been arrested and out of them nine have been identified to have a direct connection to the riots, he said that nine identified direct connection was remanded till 27 May by the Hettipola Magistrate courts.

He also said that police believe that the conflicts erupted in several areas on Sunday and on Monday was not against any race or religion but it is a conflict regarding narrow intention by certain individuals.

He added that the suspects arrested under emergency regulations and ICCPR can only be bailed out by the order of a High Court.

If in the future if these suspects ask for the police clearance reports form their respective local police stations for jobs or to go abroad, all the police stations islandwide had been instructed to include in those reports that they have been engaged in causing communal violence,” said Gunasekara