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Myanmar religious riots: Emergency rule declared in Meiktila, 20 dead

Last Updated: Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 10:09

Zeenews Bureau

Meiktila: State of emergency has been declared by Myanmar President U Thein Sein on Friday, in four townships here as riot between Buddhists and Muslims, which killed at least 20 people escalated after its outbreak on Wednesday, as per reports.

However, there was no immediate sign of fresh violence today morning but the town of Meikhtila remained tense and dangerous, said Win Htein, a local lawmaker from the opposition National League for Democracy.

Four townships including Meikhtila, Wandwin, Mahlaing and Thazi are covered by the state of emergency.

The declaration is made in view of the fact that administration in the regions cannot be carried out effectively by local authorities and for the sake of security, stability and tranquillity, the announcement said.

Under the state of emergency, the armed forces will intervene for the restoration of law and order, the announcement added.

The declaration of the state of emergency came one day after the president returned to Nay Pyi Taw from nine-day state visits to New Zealand and Australia on Thursday.

With agency inputs

First Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 - 13:29

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