Time Line

Timeline of Kandy Mob Violence

Precursors, Events and Aftermath

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Ds Division Names are in Blue Lettering, Places are in Green. The legend uses colour to show on which day each event happened in a particular Grama Niladhari Division

Time Line Table

MONTH & DATEMAJOR INCIDENTS
February 22nd midnight/23rd-2 pm M.G. Kumarasinghe, Lorry Driver from Ambala, Medamahanuwara, Assaulted by 4 intoxicated youth chasing him on a three wheeler in Karaliyadda Petrol Station, Teldeniya .
-Four Suspects (Muslim) were arrested by the Police and remanded until March 7
March 2nd-MG Kumarasinghe passes away in kandy Teaching hospital.
-His body is taken to home in Ambala
March 3rd-7 AM - MG Kumarasinghe’s death is informed.
-Attacks in udispattuwa & crowd violonce in Teldeniya.
-Police & STF deployed in madamahanuwara Ds.
-Dan Priyasad Chief of “Saviour of the Sinhalese/Batticaloa Mangalaramaya Ven Ampitiya Sumanarathna Ven Galegoda Gnanasara visited to the Ambala funeral house.
March 4th-General Disorderly conduct by Crowds in Teldeniya
-Houses and Mosque Attacked in Medamahanuwara
-24 persons arrested by Teldeniya Police (28 according to HDO report)
-Crowd Protest outside Teldeniya Police demanding release of arrested 24 persons
-All adviced to stay away from shops and houses and trust in the police.
March 5th-Funeral in Ambala in am
-Crowd is transported to Digana 40 km away ,attacks across Kundasale DS ( Digana,Kengalla,Balagolla,Kundasale,Nattarampotha).
-Houses & four Mosques Fire bomed .
-The Muslim houses & shops attacked with Iron Implements, sticks stones and petrol bombs
-Abdul Basith dies is inside one of the houses trapped by the fire.
-Few STF patrol allegedly attack Hijrapura Mosque congreration & attempt to plant weapons on the Moulavie’s
-Footage captured on CCTV
-Curfew Imposed by Police from 3 pm until 6 am on the 6th
March 6th-Abdul Bashith’s body discovered in Pallekelle Bazaar,digana.
-Curfew Imposed on Kandy – from 8pm to 6am
-Emergency Declared by President Sirisena for one week.
-Attacks and Warning targetting Tennakumbura and Kandy.
-Ampitiye Sumanarathna, 11 other monks and Amith Weerasinghe berate Teldeniya Police demading release of affected.
March 7th-Social Media Block Imposed for 72 hours but later extended
-R.M Gunaratha Banda, a mason, from Kaluwana, has injuries possibly from the explosion, three others injured.
-Petrol Bombs Lobbed into 4th m.p Mosque
-Attacks in Pujapitiya ( Mullegama & welekade 10 am ), Harispattuwa (4 th mp enderathanna,Kurundugolla, 12 noon onward),Akurana ( 8 th m.p, 2 pm to 2.30 pm , Deegala,kurudugoda,Malwanahinna),Yatinuwara( Danture,Embilmeegama,Pilimathalawa)
-President Maithripala Sirisena visit to Kandy where he meets religious leaders .
March 8th-Nationwide Emergency Declared
-Amith Weerasinghe, Suredha Suraweera and 8 others are arrested in Pujapitiya DS by the TID,Taken to Colombo.
-Ranjith Madduma Bandara appointed as Minister of Law and Order
-Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Request Tourists to Avoid Kandy
March 9th-Prime Minister visits affected areas in Digana,Kengalla,and Akurana and directs urgency in relief.
-Mahason Balakaya office in Natharanpotha is raided by TID and computers and phones confiscated.
March 10th-Announcement from the President that a Presidenitial Commission with 3 Retired Judges shall be appointed.
-Gunaratna Banda’s Funeral in Kaluwana, Mullegama
-Kengalla Jumma Prayers on the Pradeshiya Sabhawa Grounds with Army and Police Protection and with Buddhist Monks volunteering to stand guard.
March12 th -16th -Grama Sevaka and Development Officers are tasked with estimating losses.
-The Army was going to reconstruct all buildings in a month.
-Private Groups , university students collected data .
-Religious groups & social workers established together a Kandy District Relief Coordination Committee (KRCC)
March 17th-Kengalla Jumma Mosque Prayers are held in a newly constructed shed next to the burned building Debris of Damaged Houses and Buildings is removed by the Army
March 19th-9.8 million of initial compensation was paid by the government
April-SLPP local councilor is arrested for engaging in attacks on the mosque in Digana town
May-June-Human Rights Commission calls for submissions from the affected
-Police Case Filed for Abdul Bashiths Death is called for hearing