Colombo: India’s neighboring state of Sri Lanka is currently grappling with an economic crisis and is now burning with rage. The peaceful protests that have been going on for weeks in Sri Lanka have now turned violent. Protesters were protesting peacefully outside the home of Sri Lankan President (PM) Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Meanwhile, his brother and a staunch supporter of PM Rajapaksa attacked him. Violence then broke out. In which one MP of the ruling party has lost his life, while the house of Mahinda Rajapaksa has also caught fire.
The MP shot himself
Sri Lanka was rocked by bloodshed on Monday, with some people, including an MP, killed and 150 injured. Sri Lanka’s ruling party Podujana Peramuna MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala has been killed, according to reports, as anti-government protesters surrounded his car in Nittambuwa. People say the MP’s SUV was shot at in the meantime. The crowd was furious.
The body of a personal security guard was also found
The MPs then fled and hid in a building, which was surrounded by thousands of people. It is said that the MP then shot himself with his own revolver out of fear of the crowd. The body of his personal security guard was also found inside the building. Another 27-year-old man was killed in the incident. It is believed that a bullet fired from the MP’s car hit him.
Rajapaksa and MPs’ houses targeted
Protesters were outraged as violence erupted in Sri Lanka. They then set fire to the ancestral home of the Mahinda Rajapaksa. Which is in the city of Hambantota. The mob also torched the houses of some MPs.
Rajapaksa resigned yesterday
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday told about 3,000 supporters that he was stepping down as prime minister in the country’s interest. That is, the government has now been dissolved. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections, but will not be part of any coalition that includes members of the ruling party’s family. Currently the situation in Sri Lanka has not improved.
In the hands of the security forces in Colombo
The country is currently in a state of emergency. In the wake of the violence, the administration has again imposed a nationwide curfew, while security in the capital Colombo has been handed over to the army. The army has the power to arrest and detain protesters.
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