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Sri Lanka economic crisis: What High Commission said on reports of India dispatching soldiers

Sri Lankan army soldiers stand guard in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 2, 2022. Sri Lanka imposed a countrywide curfew starting Saturday evening until Monday morning, in addition to a state of emergency declared by the president. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) (AP)Premium
Sri Lankan army soldiers stand guard in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 2, 2022. Sri Lanka imposed a countrywide curfew starting Saturday evening until Monday morning, in addition to a state of emergency declared by the president. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) (AP)

As the country is facing unprecedented economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa-led government has issued an extraordinary gazette to declare a 36-hour public emergency in island nation

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Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka has denied reports of the country dispatching its soldiers to the neighbouring country facing severe economic crisis, terming them 'completely baseless'.

"High Commission strongly denies blatantly false and completely baseless reports in a section of media that India is dispatching its soldiers to Sri Lanka," a statement by the mission read.

"The High Commission also condemns such irresponsible reporting and expects the concerned to desist from spreading rumours," it added.

The country facing unprecedented inflation is in deep economic crisis, forcing the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa-led government to issue an extraordinary gazette to declare a public emergency in the island nation.

Local media reports say the prevailing situation in the country has prompted the government to take such an action as it was necessary to ensure safety of public at large and to maintain public order.

Also read: Sri Lanka declares 36-hour curfew to curb protests amid economic crisis

India supplies diesel to Sri Lanka:-

India today delivered 40,000 MT of diesel to Sri Lanka to help ease the power crisis in the island country, which is witnessing acute power cuts.

India has extended US 500 million oil line of credit to Sri Lanka. Today's supply was the 4th such consignment to the inflation-hit country. In the past 50 days, India's total fuel supply to Sri Lanka stands at 200,000 MT.

"More fuel supplies delivered by #India to #SriLanka! A consignment of 40,000 MT of diesel under #Indian assistance through Line of Credit of $500 mn was handed over by High Commissioner to Hon'ble Energy Minister Gamini Lokuge in #Colombo today," tweeted the Indian embassy in Colombo.

"This is the fourth consignment under the LoC. Fuel delivered from #IndianWells to people of #SriLanka in last 50 days is about 2,00,000T," it added.

Sri Lanka declares 36-hour curfew:-

Sri Lanka declared a 36-hour nationwide curfew Saturday and deployed troops backed with sweeping new powers under a state of emergency to quell protests against the president, his relatives and even his most trusted shaman.

The lockdown will go into effect at dusk Saturday and be lifted on Monday morning, police said -- a period that covers planned mass anti-government protests against worsening shortages of fuel, food and medicines, reports AFP.

With inputs from AFP and ANI

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