A senior Indian government official stationed in Sri Lanka has suffered serious injuries in an unprovoked attack, India’s High Commission in Colombo said on Tuesday, urging Indians to keep abreast of the latest developments in the island and plan their movements and activities accordingly.
Sri Lanka is witnessing public unrest due to the unprecedented economic crisis followed by political turmoil in the country. Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday imposed a state of emergency ahead of today’s key election to elect a new president.
The Indian High Commission said in a tweet that relations between the people of India and Sri Lanka have always been cordial and friendly.
“In the current situation, #Indian nationals in #SriLanka are requested to keep abreast of the latest developments and plan their movements and activities accordingly. You can contact us if necessary,” it reads.
In another tweet, the High Commission said its officials met in the morning with “Vivek Varma, an Indian citizen and director of the Indian Visa Center, who suffered serious injuries last night in an unprovoked attack near Colombo” .
Officials of @IndiainSL met in the morning with Mr. Vivek Varma, an Indian citizen and director of the Indian Visa Center, who suffered serious injuries last night in an unprovoked attack near #Colombo. Issue brought to the attention of authorities in #Sri Lanka. (1/ pic.twitter.com/tUc0SOq0Gd
— India in Sri Lanka (@IndiainSL) July 19, 2022
The matter has been brought to the attention of the Sri Lankan authorities, the organization said.
Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in as acting president of Sri Lanka on Friday after former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives and then to Singapore, from where he resigned in the face of a public uprising against mishandling the country’s economy, imposed the emergency as protests demanding his resignation continued in most parts of the country.
President Wickremesinghe, who is contesting the election, has defended the imposition of a state of emergency, saying it was necessary in Sri Lanka in the interests of public security, the protection of law and order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community.
He has asked security forces not to allow violent anti-government protests ahead of today’s presidential election.
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