The office of Sri Lankan President has, on Wednesday, denied the reports in certain media outlets that Sirisena claimed that Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was “trying to kill him” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi “may not be aware of the plan”.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday reportedly mentioned during a cabinet meeting in Colombo that RAW was plotting his assassination. Source present in the said meeting broke the news to some Indian journalists.
The allegations against the alleged Indian plot came days ahead of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickermensinghe’s scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Observers believe this could be aimed to damage ties between the two neighboring countries.
Earlier report said that during the cabinet meeting, President Sirisena accused the government of showing “indifference” to an alleged assassination plan against him.
Namal Kumara of an anti-corruption outfit had recently claimed of an assassination plan against Sirisena and Gotabaya Rajpaksa, the former defense secretary which led to arrest of M. Thomas, an Indian national from Kerala.
During the cabinet meeting President Sirisena reiterated his suspicion that Thomas must “be a RAW agent” sent to kill him. He reportedly said, “The Indian PM may not be aware. That is often the case. Trump may not be aware of CIA’s similar moves”.
This is not the first time that a Sri Lankan leader has alleged Indian’s involvement their internal affairs. Former President Mahindra Rajapaksa had alleged was RAW for his defeat in 2015 elections.