Besieged towns limp back to normalcy; 32 arrested
The towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala that were rocked by violence for nearly two days limped back to normalcy yesterday, with Police finally lifting a curfew that has been in place since Sunday night.
Security remained tight in both towns, with Army tanks patrolling the streets and Police and STF personnel guarding key restive settlements.
Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said 32 persons had been arrested in connection with the clashes so far, 25 of them Sinhalese and seven Muslims.
Most shops remained closed in Dharga Town, Aluthgama, which saw the worst of the clashes and attacks on Muslim-owned shops and houses.
Thousands are still displaced by the widespread rioting. (DB)