A newly imported armoured water-cannon truck that was transported to Colombo on the Southern Expressway on Friday under heavy security after it was cleared from the Hambantota harbour sparked fears that the Government was taking tough measures under the emergency regulations, a Colombo media reported.
However, Special Task Force Commandant Waruna Jayasundara said the white truck from India was imported to be used in Mali by Sri Lanka’s peacekeeping troops. He said the United Nations would bear the cost of the import. The Indian High Commission said yesterday the Indian credit line was not used to import the truck.
Indian High Commission in Colombo today denied reports that a water canon vehicle being imported by Sri Lankan Government under a credit line extended by Government of India.
“We have seen reports that a water canon vehicle was imported by Government of Sri Lanka under a credit line extended by Government of India. These reports are factually incorrect. No water canon vehicles have been supplied by #India under any of the credit lines extended by India to Sri Lanka,” the high commission stated in a tweeter message.