A day after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Indian Ocean island’s central district of Kandy, the Sri Lankan government has declared a state of Emergency for 10 days to rein in the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.
After sending police and military into the district of Kandy — and imposing a curfew there to prevent communal clashes, the Maithripala Sirisena government has declared a nationwide 10-day-long state of emergency.
On the other hand, the Indian cricket team is scheduled to face Sri Lanka in the first match of the triangular Nidahas Trophy — to mark 70 years of Sri Lankan Independence — that also features Bangladesh at 7 pm at Colombo's Premadasa Stadium. Amidst the emergency situation in the island nation, the T20 tournament is set to continue as per schedule.
BCCI acting president C K Khanna told PTI: "The Indian cricket board is in constant touch with the Sri Lankan government authorities. The security is foolproof and we have been assured that there is no threat to the tournament. So the Indian team, as of now, will be playing the tournament."
The government decision to declare Emergency came after a Buddhist man was killed and a mob set fire to a Muslim-owned shop. In Sri Lanka, of its 21 million population, Buddhists Sinhalese make up nearly 75 percent, 13 percent of the population are Hindus while Muslims comprise around 10 percent.