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Sri Lanka declares state of emergency following communal violence and riots in Kandy
According to media reports, a state of emergency for 10 days has been imposed in Sri Lanka to control the bloody clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in the holy Kandy district that has left a few people dead.

Reportedly, President Maithripala Sirisena declared a state of emergency due to eruption of sectarian violence in some parts of Sri Lanka. Both the police and army personnel have been deployed to control the communal violence in Theldeniya and Pallekele areas of Kandy district. The curfew in the district has been extended since the situation continues to be tense.

It is a nationwide state of emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots that seem to be spreading in various areas after communal riots in Kandy district. Heavily-armed police commandos have been deployed in the areas to control communal tension.

Republic of Sri Lanka, an island country in southeast of India, is home to many cultures, languages and ethnicities. A majority of the population is from the Sinhalese ethnicity along with a large minority group of Tamil Hindus, followed by Muslims and Christians.

Kandy district, which is most affected by the communal violence, is a district of the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Kandy, a major tourist destination, is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province.

Kandy is regarded as the holy city, since it is the home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic. It is one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.

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