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Indian High Commission rejects rumours of Rajapaksas fleeing to India

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India dismissed reports circulating in the media and on social media on Tuesday that some Sri Lankan politicians and their families had fled to India.

In light of the current scenario in Sri Lanka, India stated earlier on Tuesday that it is totally committed to the island’s democracy, stability, and economic recovery.

In a tweet, the Indian High Commission stated, “The High Commission has recently been aware of reports in the media and on social media that some politicians and their families have fled to India. These are obviously false reports that contain no truth or substance. They are categorically denied by the High Commission.”

“India is completely supportive of Sri Lanka’s democracy, stability, and economic recovery as a close neighbor with historical links,” stated External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi in response to media inquiries about the country’s developments.

Following a day of violent skirmishes, Sri Lanka’s military forces were ordered to open fire on anyone plundering public property or causing injury to others.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also advised people to stay calm and avoid violence and retaliation against others.

After pro-government organizations battled with anti-government protesters on Monday, a number of violent incidents have been recorded around the country, with eight people killed and over 200 injured.

From Monday through Wednesday, a national curfew was imposed, with the military deployed to preserve law and order.

On Monday, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned amid violent protests.

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