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Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapaksa will not leave the country, former PM took ‘asylum’ in naval base, people started protest outside

Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

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Demonstrations have started outside Trincomalee naval base. It has been told that former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has taken refuge here.

Mahinda Rajapakse, former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (Mahinda RajapaksaWill not leave the country and run away. His son Namal Rajapaksa informed the news agency AFP on Tuesday. Since the resignation of Mahinda, his supporters attacked the anti-government protesters. Because of this, there is tremendous violence in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since its independence. The country has been battling power cuts and lack of basic things for months. Due to this the condition of the people in the country has deteriorated. People demanded the resignation of the President and the Prime Minister.

The army took Mahinda Rajapaksa from his official residence on Monday. Angry protesters surrounded his house from all sides on Monday night. Namal said the Rajapaksa family had no plans to leave Sri Lanka. He said, ‘There are many rumors that we are going to leave the country. We will not leave the country. He has described the nationwide outrage against his family as a bad time. Namal has said that Mahinda Rajapaksa will not resign as an MP and wants to play an active role in choosing his successor. At the same time, Sri Lanka has given powers to the police and army to arrest people without warrant.

Protest at Trincomalee naval base

At the same time, it was reported that former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and some members of his family were taken to Trincomalee naval base after leaving their official residence in Colombo. On receiving the news, people started protesting in front of Trincomalee naval base. Violence erupted in Sri Lanka on Monday after supporters of then-prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked anti-government protesters demanding his removal over the country’s dire economic crisis. More than 200 people have also been injured in the violence in Colombo and other cities.

Mahinda Rajapaksa (76) resigned from his post on Monday amid the economic crisis in the country. Hours before the development, army personnel were deployed in the capital Colombo and a nationwide curfew was imposed after supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked protesters outside President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office. Protests have started in front of the Trincomalee naval base after reports of Mahinda Rajapaksa and some of his family members arriving there after leaving the Prime Minister’s official residence Temple Trees, the Daily Mirror reported.

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Complaint filed against Mahinda Rajapakse and his associates

Trincomalee is a port city located on the north-east coast of Sri Lanka. Mahinda Rajapaksa had left his official Temple Trees residence on Tuesday morning when a mob tried to enter the premises. Police fired tear gas shells on Monday night to quell the crowd trying to enter the Temple Trees residence. Meanwhile, a group of lawyers lodged a complaint with the police headquarters to arrest Mahinda Rajapakse and his associates. The complaint said that Mahinda Rajapaksa and his associates had allegedly instigated people to launch attacks against anti-government protesters on Monday.

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