Lanka Govt deploys troops, military vehicles on streets
   Date :12-May-2022

A Sri Lankan family watches the wreckage
 
 
COLOMBO :
 
SRI LANKAN authorities on Wednesday deployed troops and military vehicles in the streets to ensure public security in the Capital amidst nation-wide protests over the Government’s failure to tackle the worst economic crisis. The deployment came a day after the country’s Ministry of Defence ordered the Army, the Air Force and the Navy personnel to open fire on anyone looting public property or causing harm to others amidst violent protests in the island nation over the unprecedented economic and political crisis. Army Special Forces’ Combat Riders have also been deployed on mobile patrol in Colombo and suburbs, the ‘News First’ newspaper reported.
 
“Troops & Military vehicles deployed to ensure public security - Army,” it said. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday urged the public to reject subversive attempts and said, it is the time for all Sri Lankans to join hands as one, to overcome the economic, social and political challenges. Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne on Tuesday urged protesters to exercise calm and not resort to violence.
 
At least 8 people have died while over 250 people injured in the clashes which also saw scores of properties belonging to ruling party politicians being set on fire. President Gotabaya has urged the people to stop “violence and acts of revenge” against fellow citizens and vowed to address the political and economic crisis facing the nation Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan police on Wednesday summoned the chief security officer of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and recorded his statement over the violent clashes. He was summoned to the CID headquarters on Wednesday morning to be questioned over the attack on peaceful protesters at Galle Face and near Temple Trees. Later in the day, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was having talks with the ruling party dissidents and the main Opposition SJB to end the political impasse after the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa. After nearly two days of political deadlock, the stakeholders are engaged in prolonged talks to try and appoint a successor to Mahinda Rajapaksa.