The series-opener between India vs Sri Lanka will cross on as scheduled in spite of the central government implementing 10-day state of Emergency on Tuesday.
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The government action comes after a day Buddhists and Muslims clashed inside the central district of Kandy. All Nidahas trophy matches are scheduled at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium, a few 90 kilometers from Kandy.
“It was decided in a special cabinet meeting to declare a state of emergency for 10 days to stop the spread of communal riots to other parts of the country,” government spokesman, Dayasiri Jayasekara, told Reuters.
“It becomes additionally determined to take stern movement against people who are instigating violence through social media like Facebook,” he added, referring to posts on social media.
While tension between Buddhists and Muslims had been brewing for over a year in Sri Lanka, matters came to a boil on Monday while communal clashes ended in the killing of a person, followed by the torching of Muslims-owned stores.
India opens their campaign towards hosts on Tuesday in a series organized to mark the 70th Independence Day celebrations of Sri Lanka, and the tickets for India vs Sri Lanka match, as per the host board, are sold out.
Meanwhile, the Indian team announced a statement stating that the scenario in Colombo is “Completely Normal, as per the schedule the match will start at 7:00pm”.
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