A special police unit to handle religious disputes will be established today at the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs, the government announced.
The religious disputes unit would operate similar to the tourism and environmental police units that currently operate, Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said.
According to the Police spokesman that the unit will function under the guidance of a Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and there will be eight police officers at the unit under an ASP.
The police officers will be given a special training on multi-ethnic and multi-religious rights, according to the police spokesman. Complaints can be lodge at the unit by telephone or e-mail.
President Rajapaksa recently said that a special police unit will be established under the Religious Affairs Ministry to deal with complaints related to religious activities.