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.High Commission strongly denies them.
— India in Sri Lanka (@IndiainSL) May 10, 2022
The Indian High Commission to Sri Lanka has denied rumours circulating that "political persons", namely the Rajapaksas, have fled to India as theh island plunges into further turmoil.
The High Commission dismissed rumours that have been circulating on social media claiming that Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family "had fled to India in a helicopter sent by the Indian government".
Reacting to the rumours, the High Commission tweeted that "these are fake and blatantly false reports, devoid of any truth or substance and that the Commission "strongly denies" them.
Despite the rumours, Mahinda's son, Namal Rajapaksa refuted the claims that the Rajapaksa clan had fled and asserted that they would not leave the island.
"My father is safe, he is at a safe location and he is communicating with the family," Namal reportedly said.
Earlier today, protests erupted outside a Sri Lankan navy base in Trincomalee, after reports that Mahinda Rajapaksa had been evacuated from his official residence in Colombo, after handing in his resignation yesterday. The naval base in Trincomalee is infamous for being a well-known torture site.