Alleged plot to kill SL President, creates further chaos
Security for Sri Lankan President Maith¬ripala Sirisena has been stepped up following the discovery of an alleged plot to assassinate him, two of his advisers revealed.
Colombo: Adding to island country’s woes is an alleged plot to kill Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. Sri Lanka has a long history of political assassination in decades of civil war, making Sirisen’s accusations sound truer than ever.
The allegations have had a negative impact on the country’s atmosphere. This has led to upending its politics, undermining its currency and credit rating, and affecting its relationship with India.
A plot to kill the President, foreign intelligence links, a rogue police officer, a missing sniper, sacking of PM. The drama continues to ensue in Sri Lanka without an end.
An Indian national, named by Indian and Sri Lankan media as M Thomas from the southern state of Kerala, was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the plot on Sept 22. Former Sri Lankan defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was also a target, a police officer said.
“The president is very serious about this,” Shiral Lakthialaka, one of the advisers, told reporters in Colombo. “People in charge have taken measures to strengthen his security. Certainly, his security has been beefed up. We need a broad investigation into this”, he further added.
A coalition between Sirisena’s center-left Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s center-right United National Party (UNP) has grown increasingly strained in recent months.
President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in October this year.