Sri Lankan army chief denies shoot-on-sight orders

Prime News, International (Colombo), May 11:- Sri Lankan Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, General Shavendra Silva on Tuesday refuted allegations that the armed forces are poised to shoot at the general public to provoke them.

The allegations were levelled by Duminda Nagamuwa of the Frontline Socialist Party, reported Daily Mirror Online.

Gen Shavendra Silva, while rejecting the statement, assured that the members of the armed forces would not resort to any such disgraceful acts under any circumstances.

It was reported in the media that Silva owes his position to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and he might use the army against the people.

According to local media reports, the Sri Lankan tri forces were ordered to shoot all those who plunder public property or cause personal harm, as large-scale protests continued across the island nation.

This comes after nationwide protests against the government intensified over the past few days, resulting in clashes with the security 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 told Daily Mirror. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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