Highlights

  • Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka rejected rumours on Indian Army
  • 'Categorically deny speculative reports of India sending troops to Lanka'
  • A day earlier, India had denied that some Rajapaksas had fled to the country

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Is India sending its army to Sri Lanka? High Commission rejects rumours amid protests, violence

Amid a worsening crisis and widespread violence, India had said on May 10 that it is "fully supportive of Sri Lanka's democracy, stability and economic recovery".

Is India sending its soldiers to Sri Lanka amid unprecedented chaos in the island nation? Such rumours were "categorically" denied by the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka on May 11.

The High Commission said that "speculative reports in sections of media and social media" about India sending troops to Sri Lanka are incorrect and not in consonance with the Indian government's stand on the situation.

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On May 10, India had said that it is "fully supportive of Sri Lanka's democracy, stability and economic recovery". While citing the help given to Colombo amid the crisis, Delhi said that it is guided by "the best interests of the people of Sri Lanka expressed through democratic processes".

On the same day, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka had dismissed rumours that some members of the Rajapaksa family had fled to India.

Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as Prime Minister on May 9 after weeks of protest. However, his brother Gotabaya continues to remain President, despite growing opposition and outrage.

After Mahinda Rajapaksa's resignation, it was claimed the he had left his official residence 'Temple Trees', and taken refuge at a naval base in the port city of Trincomalee.

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Meanwhile, clashes erupted between pro and anti-government groups. At least 8 people have died, and over 250 injured in the clashes. Vandalism and destruction of properties of ruling party leaders have also been reported.

The protests began around April 9, sparked by a severe shortage of essentials due to lack of foreign currency, which hit imports.

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