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A mob of Sinhala youths assaulted two Tamil youths and set fire to seven Tamil homes in the village of Dilithura in Elpitiya, Galle, on Sunday.
According to reports the incident took place after an off-duty Sri Lankan army soldier became irate at a Tamil youth who refused to call him 'sir'.
As another Tamil youth attempted to mediate the altercation, upto 30 Sinhala youths gathered at the location assaulted the two Tamil youths.
After the Tamil families affected reported the incident to the Embilipitiya police force, the police team arrived and arrest two Tamil youths reported the Colombo Telegraph.
Meanwhile police are still searching for the members of the mob.