Lanka govt rejects reports on President Sirisena's assassination plot

Lanka govt rejects reports on President Sirisena's assassination plot

Lanka govt rejects reports on President Sirisena's assassination plot

It's being reported that it was in this context that Sirisena expressed his discontent and said he was unhappy "very slow progress of the inquiry", but India was nowhere mentioned or in any way alluded to in the meeting.

Sri Lanka President rejected the media reports that President Maithripala Sirisena accused India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of plotting his assassination.

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"I think it was uncalled for (to accuse India) because he did not provide any evidence to support his claim", the ministerial source was quoted as saying. "What can now be done is to look at the genesis of this story and how it came about".

Reports regarding an assassination plot emerged when one person by the name, Namal Kumara, who was part of an anti-corruption outfit claimed that he was aware of the plan to assassinate Sirisena and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Kumara had also worked as an informant of the police.

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Besides, the PMD press note admitted that the development of Eastern terminal of the Colombo port was "discussed at various times" during the cabinet meeting, even thought the Cabinet secretary's statement had said that the matter was not on the agenda. Sirisena's claim, if true, puts a big question mark on India's policy in Sri Lanka, as New Delhi has been vying to win the development rights of the crucial deep-sea terminal.

He had held that since the southern port of Hambantota had been already leased to China, having India in the Colombo port would not be in Sri Lanka's best interests in terms of any contingency.

The president's Media Division released a statement that Sirisena only stressed the need to investigate an alleged assassination plot against him.

The statement said Sirisena informed Modi of the "urgent steps" taken by him and his government to publicly reject the reports.

As per the statement, during the phone call, Sirisena reaffirmed that he regards Modi as a friend personally and also valued the mutually beneficial ties between the two countries.

The police in late September said Merceli Thomas, an Indian national, had been arrrested for his involvement in the alleged plot.

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