SRI-LANKA UPDATES: Police arrested two MPs allegedly instigating Violence

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Sri Lankan Updates: Police arrested two ruling party MPs for allegedly instigating mob violence that plunged the country into days of unrest and left nine people dead last week, officials.

Both the arrested MPs were questioned by criminal investigators on Tuesday evening and detained overnight, a police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“There is direct evidence against the two MPs and that is why they were arrested,” the official said.

Sanath Nishantha and Milan Jayathilake were among 22 politicians – including former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his son Namal – whose passports were impounded last week following allegations that they instigated the violence.

On May 9, thousands of ruling party supporters who were bussed into the capital attacked a peaceful demonstration by anti-government protesters demanding President Rajapaksa resign over an economic crisis that has paralysed the country.

Then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa – the President’s elder brother – resigned shortly after the mob attack sparked retaliatory violence and arson, with more than 70 ruling party leaders’ homes destroyed. More than 225 people were hospitalized from the violence, according to health officials.

Police say they have arrested about 500 people in connection with the violence and retaliation.

Thousands continue to demonstrate outside the President’s seafront office in Colombo, demanding he resigns over an economic crisis that has resulted in acute shortages of food, fuel, and essential medicines

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(MARCH – APRIL 2022)


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