Colombo: Following sporadic clashes between pro and anti-government protesters in various parts of the country, Sri Lanka’s ruling party MP died on Monday.
According to sources, the MP opened fire on protestors in Nittambuwa, a town on the Colombo-Kandy highway, critically injuring two people. After attempting to seek refuge in a nearby building, he was discovered dead.
According to officials, two people were killed and 139 were injured in recent Sri Lanka clashes.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday following reports that his supporters assaulted anti-government protesters.
The resignation came after supporters of Rajapaksa’s government clashed with protestors outside his residence, injuring at many people severely.
The police used tear gas and water cannons on pro-government groups who crossed police lines and destroyed anti-government protestors’ tents, and Sri Lankan authorities declared a nationwide curfew in response to the violence.
In addition, the homes of a Sri Lankan legislator and a former minister were set on fire.
Protesters targeted former minister Johnston Fernando’s Mount Lavinia home and MP Sanath Nishantha’s home. Smoke plumes were seen filling the air in footage from the scene.
Rajapaksa had been the country’s Prime Minister since 2019, and had previously served as its President from 2005 to 2015.