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Pohottuwa wants no part of alleged Wennappuwa apartheid

The Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) last night (26) distanced itself from the actions of Wennapuwa Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Susantha Perera who imposed a ban on Muslims from trading at the Dankotuwa Sathipola (weekly fair).

Calling it a baseless decision, the SLPP tweeted that it had requested the Chairman of the SLPP-controlled Pradeshiya Sabha to rescind his directive.

The party further said that it’s committed to protecting the rights of all Sri Lankans.

Earlier today, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Former Secretary to the Media Ministry Charitha Herath who also represents the SLPP called for a disciplinary inquiry on Perera.

Speaking to RepublicNext yesterday morning, Perera said his intention was only to keep the peace and prevent what he thought would prove to be a tense situation.

“I have no grudge against the Muslim community. I only implemented this temporary ban to ensure peace in the area,” he said.

“There is no point taking action after something has happened due to tension among communities,” he added.

The Marawila Magistrate Court on Tuesday issued summons to Perera, seeking an explanation on his decision and the letter he had sent to the Dankotuwa requesting them to implement the ban.

Finance Mangala Samaraweera on Tuesday called Perera’s action Arpatheid in Wennappuwa.