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India Rejects Speculative Reports About Sending Troops To Lanka

Earlier, in response to media queries on developments in Sri Lanka, the official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, said that as a close neighbour of Sri Lanka, with historical ties, India is fully supportive of its democracy, stability and economic recovery

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Amid the intensifying Sri Lankan economic and political crisis, the High Commission of India has refuted the media reports about India sending troops to Sri Lanka. 

"The High Commission would like to categorically deny speculative reports in sections of media and social media about #India sending her troops to Sri Lanka. These reports and such views are also not in keeping with the position of the government of India," it tweeted. 

Earlier, the High Commission denied speculation that former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family members have fled to India. 

Commissioner termed the reports as 'fake and blatantly false'. 

"The High Commission has recently noticed rumours circulating in sections of media & social media that certain political persons and their families have fled to India. These are fake and blatantly false reports, devoid of any truth or substance. The High Commission strongly denies them," it said in a statement. 

Earlier, in response to media queries on developments in Sri Lanka, the official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, said that as a close neighbour of Sri Lanka, with historical ties, India is fully supportive of its democracy, stability and economic recovery.

In keeping with our neighbourhood first policy, India has extended this year alone support worth over USD 3.5 billion to the people of Sri Lanka for helping them overcome their current difficulties.

In addition, the people of India have provided assistance for mitigating the shortages of essential items such as food, medicine etc, he said. 

"India will always be guided by the best interests of the people of Sri Lanka expressed through democratic processes," he added. 

Mahinda resigned as prime minister amid the constant pressure and hours after his supporters attacked. The attack resulted in widespread violence against pro-Rajapaksa politicians.

Meanwhile, "This is the time for all Sri Lankans to join hands as one, to overcome the economic, social & political challenges. I urge all #Srilankans to reject the subversive attempts to push you towards racial & religious disharmony. Promoting moderation, toleration and coexistence is vital," tweeted Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka.