Earlier, scores of protesters barged into the building of state-owned television channel Rupavahini. The channel suspended its live and recorded telecast this afternoon.
New Delhi: Amid deepening political crisis in Sri Lanka after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to neighbouring Maldives, the agencies have imposed nationwide curfew till Thursday morning.
Sri Lankan police and military have requested for political resolution to ongoing crisis which has been deepening with each passing day. The agencies have urged speaker to convene all-party meeting and discuss the steps to be taken to ensure political resolution to the current situation.
Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has also requested demonstrators to support agencies in restoring peace in the region. In a press conference CDS urged protesters to remain calm and support the armed forces in maintaining law and order situation in the country.
In another development, scores of protesters barged into the building of state-owned television channel Rupavahini. The channel suspended its live and recorded telecast this afternoon.
Earlier, an Emergency was declared in Sri Lanka after Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa escaped to Maldives recently. The streets, mainly in Colombo, are now filled with violent protestors even as security forces are firing tear gas shells at them to quell the agitation.
Meanwhile, in a televised message, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he has asked the military to do whatever it takes to restore peace. The demonstrators “want to stop me from discharging my responsibilities as acting president…We can’t allow fascists to take over”, he said.
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Days after his announcement to resign from the top post, Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his family on Wednesday fled to Maldives. According to the reports, Rajapaksa was received by Maldivian government officials at the airport in Male early morning.