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India denies sending troops to Sri Lanka amid civil unrest

Colombo/New Delhi: India on Wednesday categorically denied that it is sending or has sent troops to strife-torn Sri Lanka. The Indian High Commission in Colombo tweeted to reject speculative media reports on the Indian military being sent to the neighbouring island nation amid civil unrest there. The High Commission said the reports are not in line with the stated position of the Government of India.

“The High Commission would like to categorically deny speculative reports in sections of media and social media about India sending her troops to Sri Lanka. These reports and such views are also not in keeping with the position of the Government of India. “The Spokesperson of (the) Ministry of External Affairs of India clearly stated yesterday that India is fully supportive of Sri Lanka’s democracy, stability and economic recovery,” the High Commission posted on Twitter this morning.

Yesterday MDWLive! exclusive reported that Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy called on India to send troops to chaotic Sri Lanka to restore ‘constitutional sanity’ and that ’the situation affects India’s national security.’ Read here.

Fully supportive of Sri Lanka’s democracy: India

India had yesterday made its first official remarks about the unrest situation in Sri Lanka, stating that it is “fully supportive” of the neighbouring country’s democracy, stability and economic recovery. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated in New Delhi yesterday: “India will always be guided by the best interests of the people of Sri Lanka expressed through democratic processes”.

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resignation came amid an unprecedented economic crisis in the island nation. He resigned as PM just hours after his supporters attacked anti-government protesters. The clashes triggered a wave of violence and a nationwide curfew was imposed and Army troops deployed in the capital Colombo to bring the law and order situation under control. The clashes also triggered widespread violence against pro-Rajapaksa politicians.

Following the clashes between his supporters and anti-government protesters, there have been growing calls for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s arrest. It has been claimed that he allegedly instigated the mob which attacked anti-government protesters, who have been demanding that the Rajapaksa family, including President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, step down. So far, at least 8 people have died while over 250 people have been injured in the clashes in Sri Lanka. Many properties belonging to the ruling party politicians have been set ablaze by protesters. President Gotabaya has called on the countrymen to stop “violence and acts of revenge” against fellow citizens.

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