Muslim Council alleges blatant violation of Muslims’ fundamental rights

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The failure of police personnel to intervene to stop the attack on the Grandpass mosque is a blatant violation of the fundamental rights of Muslims in Sri Lanka, the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said in a statement yesterday. “This attack on the mosque has taken place in the presence of a large number of police personnel including some senior police officials,” the MCSL said. The statement said that Muslims and their leadership have shown great restraint amidst numerous provocations by a number of extremist groups in Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Balangoda, Mahiyangana and several other locations during the past several months. “We call upon the President of Sri Lanka to immediately order the Police and the defence authorities to maintain law and order and bring the perpetrators to justice without prejudice or favour. It is regrettable that the hate speeches and hate campaigns continue to grow unabated,” the Council said. It reiterated that it was urging the authorities to take immediate action to reign in these elements who have taken the law into their hands.