Relatives appeal as detainees with suspected LTTE links continue hunger strike

Relatives appeal as detainees with suspected LTTE links continue hunger strike

Written by Staff Writer

13 Oct, 2015 | 8:22 pm

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

The family members and politicians carried out a number of activities on Tuesday, urging authorities to expedite the release of these detainees. Over 200 detainees arrested on charges having suspected links with the LTTE are held in the New Magazine, Anuradhapura, Boossa, and Kalutara prisons.

A token strike was held in Jaffna to urge the government to expedite the release of these detainees. The token strike was organised
opposite the Kandasamy Kovil in Nallur, Jaffna with the participation of Northern Provincial Councillors and the relatives of the detainees.

PM of TNA, E. Saravanabhavan stated that the former government took the law into their hands and acted, based on their whim and fancy. The Tamil community cast their votes to change this. He said that the President not taking any action and not considering the law is an act of deception.

A relative of a detainee said:
Show them affection. They live away from us, we ask that they be granted a general pardon as soon as possible.

Another relative of a detainee
For fourteen years my son is in the Magazine Prison. Now, he is 44 years old. I am old too. I am losing my eye-sight. Give me an opportunity to live with my son at least duirng my final days.

State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran and a group of political activists arrived at the Magazine Prisons a number of times and met with the detainees.

State Minister of Children’s Affairs, Vijayakala Maheswaran stated that the detainees raise questions that if Shirani Banadaranayake was given a solution and if Sarath Fonseka was done justice, then why can’t a sollution be provided to the problem of the detainees.

Commissioner General of Prisons, Rohana Pushpakumara stated that they have produced a written requirement and it was addressed to the president.

He went on to note that the letter too states that they be released expeditiously and that  they have forwarded this letter to the presidents office the Minister and the Secretary of the Ministry of Law and Order and Prison Reforms and relevant officials have been informed.

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