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Rajapaksa's son arrested for protesting outside Indian

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

The elder son of former Sri Lankan president has been along with two other parliamentarians for outside the Indian consulate in Hambantota over the proposed lease of an airport to an Indian company.

The members of the Joint Opposition backing ex-president staged the demonstration to protest the Sri Lankan government's deal with to handover the Mattala International Airport (MRIA) in Hambantota in the country's Southern Province.

This was a major infrastructure project of Rajapaksa during his presidency with loan support coming from

Namal Rajapaksa and six other protestors were summoned by the Hambantota police last night to record a statement over the violence at the demonstration, police said.

They have been accused of causing damage to public property, unlawful assembly and defying a order not to hold demonstrations in the Hambantota judicial area.

They were produced before the Hambantota magistrate and ordered to be remanded until October 16 at the Tangalle remand prison, the police added.

"We recorded statements from organisers and taken those responsible into custody," a police spokesman said.

The number of people since Friday over the incident now has risen to 40.

The Opposition said they stand opposed to the selling of state assets by the to foreign entities. Namal on Monday during a zero-hour debate in parliament on the Indian airport deal charged that the was making a "playground" for international power games.

He was referring to being given to handle operations of Hambantota sea port and an Indian company given operations of the airport.

Both sea and airport at Hambantota were major infrastructure projects of Rajapaksa in his home constituency with commercial loans from

In January, a similar protest was held by the Opposition against the move to handover the Hambantota sea port to China on a long lease. Scores of people were then.

The government, which charged that Rajapaksa had built costly infrastructure projects in Hambantota with commercial loans from China, has been forced to enter the long lease with a Chinese company to set off debt on an equity partnership.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 11:07 IST
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