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Mob on rampage, attacks PM’s house & car, Protestors set Wickremesinghe’s residence on fire

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Colombo: Mob vandalizes PM’s house and car, Protesters in Lanka, demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, broke into his official residence here on Saturday by removing police barricades. Simultaneously, the protesters set fire to the private residence of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

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According to reports, the police used tear gas to stop the protesters from entering the presidential residence on Saturday morning and fired water cannons and also opened fire on them. However, the protesters broke into the presidential residence by removing the barricades and created a ruckus.

Controversial Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled his official residence in the capital on Saturday. A top defense source informed AFP about this. Earlier, television footage showed protesters storming the leader’s residence, demanding his resignation. In such a situation, seeing himself in danger, he fled from the spot.

“The President was taken to a safe place,” the source said. He said the soldiers opened fire in the air to prevent the angry mob from dominating the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

According to the police, curfew was imposed in seven police divisions in the Western Province which include Negombo, Kelaniya, Nugegoda, Mount Lavinia, North Colombo, South Colombo and Colombo Central. This curfew was implemented from 9 pm on Friday till further notice.

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Announcing the announcement on Friday, Inspector General of Police (IGP) CD Vikramaratne said, “People residing in the areas where police curfew has been imposed should remain in their homes and strict action will be taken against those violating the curfew.” Will go.

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka opposed the police curfew, terming it illegal and a violation of fundamental rights.

“Such a curfew is clearly illegal and a violation of the fundamental rights of the people of our country,” the bar association said in a statement. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka had also called the police curfew a gross violation of human rights.

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