Sri Lanka issues shoot on sight orders after Protesters set fire to former PM’s house

Colombo: Sri Lanka tri forces have been ordered to shoot all those that plunder public property or trigger private harm, local media reported on Tuesday as large-scale protests continue to take place throughout the island nation.

The comes nationwide protests in opposition to the government have intensified over the past few days leading to an increase in incidents of clashes with the safety forces deployed at protest sites.

“The Ministry of Defence has ordered the tri-forces to open fire on anyone looting public property or causing harm to others,” Army Spokesman informed Daily Mirror.

Protests have been identified within the nation have people have resorted to burning homes of ministers and MP.

Anti-government protesters additionally set on fire the official residences of Sri Lanka`s Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando and the MPs Sanath Nishantha, Ramesh Pathirana, Mahipala Herath, Thissa Kuttiarachchi and Nimal Lanza.

A lot of protesters were out on the streets and attacked the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna MPs. Even some Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) offices were set ablaze, Daily Mirror reported.

Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and a few of his family members have been shifted to Trincomalee Naval Base, a day after he resigned following violent protests that led to a nationwide curfew.

Helicopters have been seen leaving the capital city today with VVIPs and a few speculated that they have been members of the Rajapaksa family, Colombo Gazette reported.Earlier today, a group of protestors attacked s senior police officer within the Western Province on Tuesday in Colombo.

Police stated that the Senior DIG come under attack close to Beira Lake in Colombo. They stated the group had additionally induced harm to the DIG`s vehicle.The US on Monday stated that it’s carefully monitoring the volatile situation in Sri Lanka after the protestors burned the homes of Ministers.

“Closely monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka. We are deeply concerned by the violence against peaceful protesters and innocent bystanders, and are urging all Sri Lankans to focus on finding and enabling long-term solutions to the country`s economic and political challenges,” tweeted US State Department Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA).

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