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More Security Forces personnel deployed in Kandy

Police officials are seen dousing the fire in shops in Ambatenna town in the Kandy district after mobs went on the rampage yesterday. The situation has been brought under control by the security forces and the police. Pictures by Rukmal Gamage

More Security Forces personnel were deployed in Kandy as tensions continue to brew.

Military Spokesperson, Brigadier Sumith Atapattu speaking to Daily News said thus far 850 military personnel have been deployed to provide security in the Kandy District. Another 250 are on stand by.

Mobile and foot patrols have also been increased in the relevant areas though residents complained that there needs to be more uniformed men on the ground in the, especially in the more remote areas.

More troops will be deployed when required, added the Brigadier.

Under the State of Emergency, military personnel too have been empowered to make arrests.