A Sri Lankan MP who shot dead an anti-government protester this week was later lynched by angry mobs, a forensic report has revealed, contradicting a police report concluding he killed himself.
A Sri Lankan MP was lynched by a mob, according to the findings of a May 13 forensic report.
Amarakeerthi Athukorala, opened fire on May 9 at people blocking his car in the town of Nittambuwa, after Sri Lanka descended into violence when a mob of government supporters attacked with batons. peaceful protesters. They demanded the resignation of the government because of the historic economic crisis that Sri Lanka is going through.
However, the police claimed that this parliamentarian, Amarakeerthi Athukorala, had tried to take refuge in a building, then committed suicide after being surrounded by approximately 5,000 people.
“The death of the deputy is due to multiple wounds, fractures and internal bleeding, but he was not injured by gunshot,” wrote the newspaper for its part. lankadeepa, citing the autopsy report. Amarakeerthi Athukorala’s bodyguard, on the other hand, died of gunshot wounds, according to this report. Police have been ordered to investigate to find out who may have shot him.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, accused by protesters of orchestrating the violence, resigned shortly after. He was then forced to flee the capital Colombo, taking refuge in a naval base. A total of nine people have been killed in incidents related to the unrest, while at least 225 have been injured and hospitalized. A nighttime curfew is still in effect across the island.
The country of 22 million inhabitants, in the grip of the worst economic crisis since independence in 1948, lacks dollars to finance the import of basic necessities (foodstuffs, fuel, medicines). The population is overwhelmed by months of widespread shortages that have sparked daily protests across the island. the Sri Lanka also declared on April 12 that it was in default of payment of its external debt estimated at more than 51 billion dollars (about 49 billion euros). Talks with the International Monetary Fund, to obtain a possible bailout, are due to conclude on May 27.
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