Sri Lanka Crisis: Due to the economic crisis in India’s neighboring country Sri Lanka, the situation is continuously deteriorating. Violence is erupting after the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The protesters have come down on arson and sabotage. Now the protesters have also set the house of Mahinda Rajapaksa on fire. At the same time, incidents of violence against the supporters of Rajapaksa are continuing. What is going on in Sri Lanka, know 10 big things

  1. Protesters set fire to the ancestral home of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. Videos of this incident are continuously going viral on social media. Apart from this, the houses of some ministers have also been vandalized and arson.
  2. Earlier, Prime Minister Rajapaksa tendered his resignation after violence erupted in Sri Lanka. In this violence, five people including a Sri Lankan MP were killed and more than 150 people were injured.
  3. Protests were going on in Sri Lanka for the past several weeks over the deteriorating economic situation, but when the government ran out of funds for imports, people took to the streets and violence started spreading. People’s anger is descending on PM Rajapaksa and his supporters.
  4. A complete curfew has been imposed in all the cities of Sri Lanka. The police are using tear gas and force against the protesters to stop the violence. But at present the situation seems to be out of control and the number of protesters is increasing.
  5. India is closely monitoring the developments in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the Indian High Commission in Colombo has issued emergency mobile number +94-773727832 to help Indians in case of crisis. Also, Indian citizens present in Sri Lanka have been advised to contact cons.colombo@mea.gov.in and cons2.colombo@mea.gov.in for any assistance required.
  6. Sri Lanka is going through the most severe economic crisis ever since its independence from Britain in 1948. The crisis arose mainly because of the lack of foreign exchange which meant that the country was unable to pay for imports of staple food items and fuels.
  7. Regarding the death of the Sri Lankan MP, the police said that Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Amarakirthi Atukorala (57) from Polonnarua district was surrounded by an anti-government group in the western city of Nittambua. The MP was shot from his car and when the angry mob pulled him out of the car, he fled and took shelter in a building.
  8. Police have said that an angry mob attacked the offices of former minister Johnson Fernando in Kurunegala and Colombo. There is also news of setting fire to his bar. Former minister Nimal Lanja’s residence has also been attacked while Mayor Saman Lal Fernando’s residence was set on fire.
  9. Earlier, while appealing to the people, President Gotabaya said, “I appeal to the general public to exercise restraint and remember that violence will only spread. In the economic crisis, we need an economic solution which this administration is committed to solve.
  10. Meanwhile, in view of the situation of violence, Sri Lankan Airlines has requested passengers to show their air tickets and passports at checkpoints to reach Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).

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