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.

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