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Outcry over Uva chief minister forcing Tamil school principal to kneel before him

An inquiry has been ordered following widespread outrage over the Uva chief minister forced the principal of Badulla Tamil Girls' School to kneel before him and apologise for allegedly disregarding an order he had issued. 

The teachers' trade unions and Ceylon Teachers Union on Saturday demanded that Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake be arrested for the degarding way he treated the principal, threatening a strike if action was not taken. 

Following the outcry, the Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena announced on Sunday he had ordered an investigation into the incident.  

Mr Dassanayake said he would resign from the post of provincial council education minister until the investigation was over.