As Sri Lanka’s economic crisis persists, a 31-year-old suspect has been arrested for stealing around 50 tear gas canisters from police during protests at Polduwa Junction near the Houses of Parliament, media reported. The man notably stole the canisters on July 13 as the police and army tried to disperse protesters who were trying to advance towards parliament.
A group of protesters attacked a police-owned three-wheeler that was carrying tear gas canisters towards the Polduwa Junction protest site. After the incident, Welikada police opened an investigation into the case, the Daily Mirror reported. Police said they arrested a suspect in Obeysekarapura on Sunday and recovered 50 tear gas canisters from his residence in Borella following the interrogation. According to reports, the suspect was a mason by profession and a resident of Polonnaruwa.
Sri Lanka’s interim President Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued an Extraordinary Gazette declaring a state of emergency in the island nation effective Monday as the country grapples with social unrest and a crippling economic crisis. The gazette notification states that the public emergency in Sri Lanka has been declared in the interests of public safety, the protection of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community, local media Daily Mirror reported.
A state of emergency was declared by proclamation of Wickremesinghe under section 40(1)(C) of the Constitution, pursuant to the powers conferred on him by section 2 of the Public Safety (Chapter 40), as amended. by Law No. 8 of 1959, Law No. 6 of 1978 and Law No. 28 of 1988, the newspaper reported. Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had offered his resignation after fleeing the country for Singapore. The president first traveled to the Maldives after tens of thousands of protesters stormed his official residence in the capital Colombo.The Sri Lankan Parliament has announced that nominations for the presidential elections will take place on Tuesday and that the new president of Sri Lanka will be elected on July 20. (ANI)
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