Detainees arrested for alleged links to LTTE stage hunger strike in Colombo, Anuradhapura prisons

Detainees arrested for alleged links to LTTE stage hunger strike in Colombo, Anuradhapura prisons

Detainees arrested for alleged links to LTTE stage hunger strike in Colombo, Anuradhapura prisons

Written by Staff Writer

12 Oct, 2015 | 10:20 pm

Detainees, who were arrested on charges of having links with the LTTE, staged a hunger strike, demanding officials to secure their release.

The detainees, who were arrested on suspicion of associating with the LTTE, commenced their hunger strike this afternoon.

Commissioner General of Prisons Rohana Pushpakumara noted that the hunger strike is being carried out by detainees from the Anuradhapura prison and the Colombo Magazine prison.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner General of Prisons held discussions with the detainees who staged a hunger strike at the Colombo Magazine Prison on Monday.

Two hundred and one (201) suspects, including four women, are being detained in prisons located in several parts of the country under charges of associating with the LTTE.

LTTE detainees

Adding that 40 suspects have been issued with court orders citing punitive measures, the Commissioner General of Prisons noted that indictments are yet to be filed against 161 suspects.

The Colombo Magazine Prison has detained 101 prisoners while, the Anuradhapura prison has detained 30 prisoners.

Few suspects are also being detained in Welikada, Bogambara, Tricomalee, Kalutara, Batticola, Badulla, Galle, Jaffna. Polonnaruwa, Moneragala Prisons.

Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran had written to the president requesting the release of these detainees.The Chief Minister of the Northern Province had mentioned in his letter to the President that the suspects have been detained for a prolonged period of time.

The chief minister also states that a list be prepared of the prisoners, categorising them according to the offences in respect of which they have been taken into custody.

Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V.  Wigneswaran goes onto note that all detainees who are suspected of committing minor offences could be provided a general pardon or at the very least, be released on bail immediately.

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