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Sri Lanka: 3 arrested for setting PM’s residence on fire

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Three persons were detained by the Kollupitiya Police in Sri Lanka in connection with the arson assault on Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe’s home.

According to the police, the people who were detained included a 19-year-old from Mount Lavinia and two people, aged 24 and 28, who lived in Kadawatha and Galle. The Kollupitiya police are conducting additional investigations in order to apprehend the remaining suspects, according to the police.

Earlier today, demonstrators enraged by the economic crisis in Sri Lanka stormed into Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private mansion and set it on fire.

With the demand for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation, they barged into the complex just a few hours ago, tore down police-erected security barriers, jumped in the pool, and ransacked his kitchen and house.

According to the Daily Mirror, when the security personnel attacked several journalists, additional protesters gathered nearby.

The demonstrators invaded his home and set it on fire despite the police having earlier sprayed tear gas at them.

According to Daily Mirror, the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) fire department said that they were alerted that the Prime Minister’s private mansion in Colombo had been set on fire but that its teams were unable to get there because of the turmoil.

Wickremesinghe, who was named prime minister in May, has stated he will step down from his position in order to maintain the government and protect everyone’s safety.

The World Food Program Director is scheduled to visit the nation this week, and the Debt Sustainability report for the IMF is about to be finalised, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister previously stated in a statement. These events led him to make this choice.

Wickremesinghe, who was named prime minister in May, has stated he will step down from his position in order to maintain the government and protect everyone’s safety.

Meanwhile, World Food Program Director is scheduled to visit the nation this week, and the Debt Sustainability report for the IMF is about to be finalised, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister previously stated in a statement. These events led him to make this choice.

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