Thirty-seven people are being held in Sri Lanka in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate President Mahinda Rajapaksa, state-owned media say. Most of those detained under emergency regulations are military officers, including a brigadier and a colonel, as well as army deserters. On Feb. 1, about a dozen officers were sent to compulsory retirement accused of dabbling in politics. The opposition denies there is any plot and says the government has launched a witch hunt after Rajapaksa won the presidential election a week ago. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s election commissioner has rejected opposition allegations of counting fraud. Another pro-government paper says that in addition to the 37 held under the emergency, 20 more people are being questioned. (BBC)

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