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Two Tamil youths arrested over burning tyres during Batticaloa hartal

Two Tamil youths were arrested in connection with the burning of tyres during the hartal which took place across the Batticaloa District on Friday in protest of the appointment of former UPFA MP Hizbullah as governor of the Eastern Province.

The youths aged 19 and 23 were arrested by Kattankudy police and were due to be produced in court.

There were also reports of vandal attacks on Muslim-owned businesses which stayed open during the hartal.