Sri Lankan police arrested 1,500 people in connection with May 9 violence

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Sri Lankan police have arrested at least 1,500 people so far in connection with violent clashes between anti-government and pro-government protesters in the country. This information was given in a media report on Monday. At least 10 people were killed and over 200 others were injured in these clashes. Violence erupted on May 9 after anti-government protesters who were peacefully protesting demanding the ouster of former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa due to the country’s biggest economic crisis were attacked by supporters of Rajapaksa.

According to the online portal ‘Newsfirst.IK’, SSP Nihal Thaladuwa, spokesman of the Sri Lankan police said that 1,500 people have been arrested in connection with the violence. He said that 152 people were arrested in the last 24 hours. Sri Lanka’s Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Saturday questioned Inspector General of Police Chandana D. This inquiry has been done in connection with his move on May 9, which led to violence between supporters and opponents of the government.

According to the online portal ‘Colombo Gazette’, earlier this week MP from Galle district Ramesh Pathirana informed Parliament that Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) and in-charge of Western Province Deshbandhu Tinnakoon had informed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that Wickramaratna had He was instructed not to stop the crowd coming towards Galle, which was going to attack the anti-government protesters.

Pathirana said the President asked for action to be taken to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control. According to the Colombo Gazette, police arrived at the scene following the President’s orders and fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd, but by that time a large number of people had been injured and at least 10 people had died.

It is noteworthy that last week, the CID questioned three members of the parliamentary group of the ruling party SLPP (Sri Lanka Podujan Peramuna) for their alleged involvement in the clashes. At the same time, two of his associates arrested earlier have been sent to custody till May 25. Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son and former minister Namal Rajapaksa was also summoned on Friday and his statement was recorded.

Members of the coalition government have alleged that the opposition Janata Vimukti Peramuna had a role in instigating the May 9 violence, but the Marxist party has denied the allegation.


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