At least 230 people have been arrested in recent violence in Sri Lanka. Police say they have been charged with violating curfew since May 9, assaulting people and destroying public and private property. News Daily Mirror Sri Lanka.
Police spokesperson ASP Nihal Thalduwa said six of the arrested persons have been remanded. He said the arrested persons included 71 from the western province, 43 from the southern province, 16 from Madhya Pradesh, 36 from the north-western province, 48 from the north-central province, 13 from Sabaragamuwa and two from Uva province.
Police released pictures of several people on Sunday.
Police have sought public assistance in identifying and arresting them. Police say the attackers are also on the cheek on the cheeks on May 7 and the unarmed and peaceful protesters in Kolupitia.
The attack on the protesters on May 9 was followed by a counter-attack on the government side. At least nine people were killed. More than three hundred were injured. On the same day, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned.
Mahinda Rajapaksa left the Prime Minister’s official residence in Colombo on army guard before dawn the next day. Earlier, thousands of protesters broke through the main gate of the residence and stormed inside. They tried to attack the main two-storey building of the ‘Temple Tree’ residence in the capital. There the Prime Minister was trapped with his family members.
A Colombo magistrate has ordered police to investigate the attack on protesters.
Protesters and the country’s religious leaders have blamed the former prime minister for inciting supporters of the royal family to attack unarmed protesters. This led to a counter-attack.
Sri Lanka is facing the worst economic crisis in the history of the country due to some wrong decisions of the government along with the coronation. The country has been in a severe food, fuel and medicine crisis for months. Inflation has risen sharply, power outages continue. In this situation, protests have been going on in the country for more than a month demanding the fall of the government.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned as part of the formation of a national government to resolve the stalemate. Since then, veteran politician Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken over as Prime Minister for the sixth time. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections unless Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, resigns.