The poll released after social media messages showed soldiers forcing minority Muslims to kneel in the streets as punishment for waking up to the COVID blockchain rules.
The Sri Lankan army has launched an investigation following messages on social media showing soldiers forcing minority Muslims to kneel in the streets as punishment for waking up to lock-in rules.
Armed soldiers have ordered Muslim civilians to keep their hands in the air while kneeling on a road in the city of Eravur, about 300 km (190 miles) east of the capital Colombo, the AFP news agency reported Sunday.
Residents said they considered the order degrading and humiliating, while officials acknowledged that the troops did not have the power to impose such punishments.
The victims were on their way to two restaurants to buy food.
“A first investigation by the Military Police has already started after some photos went viral depicting an alleged nuisance in the Eravur area,” the army said in a statement on Sunday.
He said the officer in charge had been fired and that the soldiers involved had been ordered to leave the city.
“The army will take stricter disciplinary action against all the personnel of the wandering army,” the military added, in a rare demonstration of willingness to investigate its own.
Sri Lanka is under a month of closure to contain a third wave of coronavirus infections. The number of deaths from the virus has increased more than fourfold to 2,531 since the start of the wave in mid-April.
The army, which faces charges of war crimes in a decades-long Tamil separatist war that ended in 2009, has been deployed to help police and health authorities enforce virus restrictions.
Subsequent governments have denied that troops killed about 40,000 civilians in the final stages of the separatist war, which killed more than 100,000 in total between 1972 and 2009.