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Sri Lanka’s Ex PM Mahinda Rajapaksa ‘saved life by helicopter’, took refuge with family at Naval Base: Sources

Sri Lanka Crisis: The naval base where Mahinda Rajpakshe has taken shelter has also been surrounded by protesters.

Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family have taken refuge at the Naval Base in Trincomalee. It is the north-eastern part of the island country. Sources gave this information to NDTV amid the ongoing violent protests in the country. Sri Lanka is going through its worst economic crisis. The former prime minister and his family fled in a helicopter towards the naval base.

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People related to this matter told NDTV. He said the protesters had also entered the outskirts of the naval base. It is about 270 km from the capital Colombo.

Sri Lanka has imposed an indefinite curfew after five people were killed in weeks of protests following an unprecedented economic crisis. Around 200 people were injured in the violence. Prime Minister Rajapaksa had resigned yesterday but that did not quell the public’s anger. The prime minister was rescued in a military operation late Monday after thousands of anti-government protesters attacked the prime minister’s residence. The police fired tear gas shells to disperse the crowd and fired in the air for warning.

A top security official told FP news agency that at least 10 petrol bombs were hurled at the prime minister’s residence.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appealed to the people to end the violence and make peace.

He said in a tweet that I appeal to the supporters of all political factions to make peace. In Sri Lanka, a solution to the economic crisis will be found through a shared understanding, constitutionally. Let us tell you that since April 9, the protesters were demanding the resignation of both the Prime Minister and the President.

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