1 dead, 12 injured in Sri Lanka as police open fire at anti-govt protesters

At least one person was killed and 12 others injured on Tuesday when police opened fire at anti-govt protesters. The incident occurred in the southwestern region of Rambukkana, officials said. The residents were protesting the latest fuel price hike when they clashed with the police. Scores of protesters teemed the streets and public places of Rambukkana town on Monday.

The demonstration went late into the night. Police said the protesters blocked the railway track at Rambukkana. When they were asked to clear the rail line, they hurled stones at security personnel, police said. As per the reports police had opened fire after initially using tear gas to disperse the crowd and bring the situation under control. The injured were admitted to Kegalle hospital. Four of them are in critical condition, police said. Sri Lanka is witnessing large-scale protests against the government’s handling of the debt-ridden economy – the worst-ever economic crisis in the country’s history.

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