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India Denies Sending Troops To Sri Lanka, Says ‘Fully Supportive Of Its Democracy’

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Mumbai: The Indian High Commission on Wednesday categorically denied “speculative” reports about India sending troops to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is grappling with severe food and electricity shortages, forcing the country to seek help from its neighbours. The economic situation has led to massive protests with demands for the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

“The High Commission would like to categorically deny speculative reports in sections of media & 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 Govt of India,” the Indian mission said in a Tweet.

“The Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs of India clearly stated yesterday that #India is fully supportive of Sri Lanka’s democracy, stability and economic recovery,” it said in another tweet.

Yesterday, India denied the rumours circulating in the media and sections of social media that some Sri Lankan political figures and their families have fled to India. In the wake of the current situation in Sri Lanka, India said earlier today that it fully supports the island nation’s democracy, stability and economic recovery.

Sri Lanka on Tuesday ordered the country’s armed forces to open fire on anyone who loots public property or damages others after a day of violent clashes.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also urged people to remain calm and refrain from violence and retaliation against others.

A number of violent incidents have been reported in the country after pro-government groups clashed with anti-government protesters on Monday, leaving eight people dead and over 200 injured. A nationwide curfew was imposed from Monday until Wednesday and the military was deployed to maintain law and order.

Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as Sri Lanka’s PM on Monday as violent protests broke out.

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