Sri Lanka Crisis: Demand for arrest of Mahinda Rajapaksa intensifies, case reaches court
World Desk, Amar Ujala, Colombo
Published by: Pranjul Srivastava
Updated Sat, 14 May 2022 11:58 AM IST
The economic crisis in Sri Lanka has caused political upheaval. Due to this, Mahinda Rajapaksa had to resign from his prime ministership. Even after this, the violence in Sri Lanka is not taking its name to stop.
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The case of violence that broke out during peaceful demonstrations in Sri Lanka has reached the court. A petition has been filed in Colombo Court on behalf of a lawyer seeking the arrest of seven other people including the former Prime Minister. It has been said in the petition that the CID should be ordered to immediately arrest seven other people including former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
It is alleged that Mahinda Rajapaksa instigated his supporters to attack peaceful protests. During this, more than 100 people were injured during the violent clashes. After this, the army had to take the front to restore peace and people were ordered to shoot on sight. Significantly, due to the economic crisis in Sri Lanka, there has been political turmoil. Due to this, Mahinda Rajapaksa had to resign from his prime ministership. Even after this, the violence in Sri Lanka is not taking its name to stop.
Rajapaksa cannot leave the country
Earlier, a Sri Lankan court had banned Mahinda Rajapaksa and 12 other leaders of his party from leaving the country. At the same time, security has been provided to Mahinda amid nationwide protests over the government’s failure. Opposition parties are also demanding his arrest. Sri Lankan People’s Party (SLPP) leader Mahinda was the country’s president from 2005 to 2015, during which he conducted a brutal military campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Ranil Wickremesinghe becomes Prime Minister
Sri Lanka’s former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, facing the worst economic phase in its history, was on Thursday appointed as the country’s next prime minister. Ranil Wickremesinghe has only one seat in the 225-member parliament. United National Party (UNP) leader Wickremesinghe, 73, spoke to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday. Wickremesinghe, a four-time Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, was removed from the post of Prime Minister by the then President Maithripala Sirisena in October 2018. However, he was reinstated to the post by Sirisena only two months later.