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24 arrested during Tamil New Year celebrations

Sri Lankan police have arrested 24 people in Trincomalee during celebrations of Tamil New Year as they broke the state-imposed curfew.

The Colombo Page reports that 11 people were arrested whilst preparing to boil milk at Bhadrakali Amman Kovil in Trincomalee. Further arrests were undertaken at Gayathri Kovil in Uppuveli Kanniya area of Trincomalee.

The Colombo Page further reports that the Sri Lankan police are deploying plainclothes officers for special operations and to survey the public and arrest those breaking curfew or engaging in illegal alcohol trafficking. 

The police have thus far arrested 1,600 people in in the past 24 hours alone. Since the curfew has been imposed 26,830 people have been arrested for breaking curfew.

 Read more from the Colombo Page.

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