Families of suspected LTTE cadres dash coconuts Hartal in the North tomorrow

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Published by : CT WEB 2017-10-12 13:26:38

Family members of those imprisoned, on suspicion of being involve in terrorist activities, yesterday (11) gathered at the Nallur Temple and dashed coconuts, following special prayers, for the three prisoners who are on a hunger strike.

A hartal will be held in the Northern Province tomorrow (13) in support of the three prisoners who have been on a hunger strike for the past 16 days at the Vavuniya Prison and to urge the Government to transfer their cases back to the Vavuniya Courts from Anuradhapura.

The hartal will also be held...... to show the intensity of the issue to President Maithripala Sirisena, who will visit the Northern Province on Saturday (14). A protest will be held in front of Northern Governor's Office following the hartal.

The Tamil People's Council (TPC), which is organizing Friday's hartal, has also urged the Government to speed up the cases once they re transferred to Vavuniya.

The TPC also urged the Government to release all prisoners held on suspicion of terrorist activities.

The TPC in which Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, is a co-chairman, called on Tamil Parliamentarians to exert pressure on the Government to take swift action to releasing all Tamil prisoners.

Meanwhile, speaking to Ceylon Today, coordinator to the National Movement for the Release of 'Political Prisoners' Father Rev. M. Sakthivel, said the health conditions of the three prisoners G. Darshan from Nawalapitiya, Mathiyarasan Sulakshan and Rasathurai Thiruvarul from Jaffna are deteriorating, thus they have been forced to obtain treatment from the prison's hospital.

"They are on hunger strike for the past 16 days; they have not even consumed water. Since their health conditions are poor the prison's hospital authorities have provided treatment," he said.

Father Sakthivel added that he initially sent a letter to Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan to immediately involve in the matter, however, so far there had been no response from him.

"I have not only written to Sampanthan but to Attorney General's Department and Minister Swaminathan. We want this issue to be addressed immediately. The issues of political prisoners are not only confined to North and East but to the entire country. We are struggling for the release of all political prisoners," he said.

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