Myanmar forms central management committee to deal with riots

2013-03-31 02:57:47 GMT2013-03-31 10:57:47(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

YANGON, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein has formed a 10-member Central Management Committee for Emergency Period to tackle the current rioting in some places in the country, the President Office said in a statement on Sunday.

The committee was established with Home Minister Lieutenant- General Ko Ko as its chairman, Minister at the President's Office U Aung Min as vice-chairman and Police Chief Brigadier-General Kyaw Kyaw Tun, who is also deputy home minister, as secretary.

Other members include three other ministers.

The committee is tasked with ensuring effective cooperation between the security forces and regional governments in making swift response to riots, preventing sectarian and religious riots and exposing main instigators.

According to the police, 68 suspects linked with riots in townships in Mandalay and Bago west region had been arrested.

In the riot, 43 people were killed and 86 others injured while 1,355 houses were destroyed and 39 vehicles burnt.

The riots, which spread to 15 townships to date, left more than 11,000 people homeless.

Curfew has been imposed on the 15 townships to ensure peace and stability of the state and safeguard lives and property of the general public.

Recent series of riots were sparked by a brawl between buyers and sellers over a gold clip at a gold shop in Meikhtila on March 20.

A state of emergency was imposed on Meikhtila on March 22 with the intervention of the army and the situation there has started to return to normal.

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