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Thirty-two damaged shops rebuilt in Minuwangoda

The World Memon Organisation and a Federation of Colombo Mosques paid Rs 20 million to rebuild shops owned by both Sinhalese and Muslims

Western Province Governor M L Musammil unveils a reconstructed shop in Minuwnagoda/Handout

Thirty-two newly constructed shops adjacent to the Minuwangoda Central Bus Stand were handed over yesterday Oct 8, to the owners whose shops were damaged during the recent anti-Muslim riots in Minuwangoda.

Western Province Governor A.J.M. Muzammil was the chief guest on the occasion.

The cost of the reconstruction which came to Rs 20 million was borne by several Islamic organisations which included the World Memon Organization in cooperation with the Federation of Wellawatte, Dehiwala and Kirulapone mosques.

Sixteen of the shops were owned by Muslims while 12 are owned by Sinhalese. 

Former Chief Minister of the Western Province and Parliamentarian Prasanna Ranatunge and the Chief Incumbent of the Minuwangoda Raja Maha Vihara were present at the meeting.

During the event, Governor expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards all the donors, “they made to give a new lease of life to the shop-keepers who had lost their valuables and suffered damages to their properties during the riots.” 

He further stated that “government did not compensate for the damages although it’s their responsibility to look after the security of men and their properties but however these riots have caused losses to 16 Muslims and 12 Sinhalese people.”