( Agitation in Colombo by ERM and FLSP on 14th Oct; original photo: Daily Mirror)
Prime Minister Wikremasinghe has told the TNA parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran that he is awaiting a report form the Attorney General department to take action on Tamil political prisoners.
Press release of the Tamil National Alliance:
TNA MP and Spokesperson M.A Sumanthiran visited the Anuradhapura Prison along with Provicial Council members Asmin Yakoob and Sanankiyan Sayandan today and spoke to the Political Prisoners who were observing a token fast demanding their release by the government today . At the Anuradhapura Prison there were 36 prisoners observing the fast of whom two had already been hospitalized. They vowed to continue the fast until the goverment released all Political Prisoners and requested that the public too join their cause. The prisoners in relating their individual stories said that they had already served a much longer term which than their crimes warranted in the event they had been convicted. They requested of TNA MP and Spokesperson M.A Sumanthiran to take their cause with the Prime Minister
The Prime Minister on hearing the same said that he was awaiting a report from the AG’s department on thier stance on the Prisoners.
TNA MP and Spokesperson M.A Sumanthiran reiterated the point he made last week in Parliament on the parties stand on the matter which is that All Political Prisoners be released as agreed by the government. In the event the government does not respond in the next few days they too would be forced to join the prisoners in their fasting.