Indian High Commission: The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka has refuted rumors that former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family have come by helicopter to take refuge in India. The High Commission has put an end to these rumors by issuing a statement on social media. The Indian High Commission has said that recently a rumor was spread on the media and social media that a leader and his family have gone to India to take refuge. The High Commission vehemently denied that these are a false rumor and false report. There is no truth or substance in them.
Rumors of taking refuge in India after resigning
Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as Prime Minister on Monday amid intensifying anti-government protests in Sri Lanka due to the severe economic crisis. In a statement, the High Commission of India said that the High Commission has taken cognizance of the recent rumors being spread on social media and in some sections of the media that some political persons and their families have fled to India. The Indian High Commission said that these are fake and completely false news, in which there is no truth. The High Commission strongly denies them.
Rumors of Mahinda Rajapaksa leaving Sri Lanka in full swing
Since the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday, speculations are rife about his whereabouts. There have been reports that Mahinda Rajapaksa had left his office-cum-official residence ‘Temple Trees’ on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s top civil aviation official on Tuesday rubbished speculation on social media and said that he was not involved in illegal transportation and evacuation of any person or persons from Sri Lanka. Captain Themiya Abyavikrama, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, in a statement termed the speculations being made on social media as false allegations.
Violence erupted in Sri Lanka on Monday after supporters of then-prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked anti-government protesters demanding his removal over the dire economic crisis in the country, killing eight people. At the same time, more than 250 people have been injured in the violence in Colombo and other cities.
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