Yangon - Sectarian riots in central Myanmar on 20 March
claimed 43 dead, 86 injured and have left 11 376 homeless, state media reported
"Sixty-eight mobsters who were involved in the
violence were arrested and action is being taken against them," the ministry
of home affairs said.
Clashes between Buddhists and Muslims were sparked by an
argument in a gold shop in Meiktila, a town in Mandalay division where Muslims
account for 30% of the population, an unusually high proportion in the mainly
"The protest turned to anarchic violence and spread
to other townships in other regions, and so far, 163 cases of violence have
occurred in 15 townships, reaching casualty toll of 43 and leaving 86
injured," the ministry said.
It said 1 355 houses, shops and buildings were destroyed.
More than 9 000 people were in temporary refuges.
On Tuesday, the riots spread to Bago, 80km north-east of
Yangon, prompting authorities to impose dusk-to-dawn curfews in five townships.
President Thein Sein vowed to use force against further
In May, clashes between Buddhists and Rohingya-Muslims in
the Rakhine State left at least 180 people dead and 125 000 homeless.