India rejects speculative media reports of sending troops to Sri Lanka

Amidst the political, social and economical upheaval in Sri Lanka, India on Wednesday categorically debunked reports being circulated in sections of media about New Delhi sending its military aid to Colombo.

Taking to the micro-blogging site, the Indian High Commission to Sri Lanka said, the reports stand in stark contrast to the Government of India’s position on the ensuing matter.

“The High Commission would like to categorically deny speculative reports in sections of media and social media about India sending her troops to Sri Lanka,” the High Commission added.

Earlier, in a statement released on a drastic escalation of situation in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of External Affairs said, India fully stands in support with democracy, stability and economic recovery in Sri Lanka and will always be guided by the best interests of the people of Sri Lanka expressed through democratic processes.

Protests have been intensified in the Sri Lanka amid the deteriorating economic situation in the country. In a backdrop of deadly clashes broke between pro and anti government supporters in commercial capital of Colombo on Monday, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa announced his resignation. “Effective immediately I have tendered my resignation as Prime Minister to the President,” Rajapaksa tweeted.

Reportedly, eight people have died while hundreds of them injured in the clashes on Monday. According to the media reports, scores of properties belonging to ruling party politicians were set ablaze by angry demonstrators including the ancestral home of President and then Prime Minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Earlier, on May 10, the Indian High Commission to Sri Lanka in strongest terms also categorically denied rumours circulating in sections of media & social media that certain political persons and their families have fled to India.

“These are fake and blatantly false reports,devoid of any truth or substance.High Commission strongly denies them,” the Indian High Commission to Sri Lanka added.

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