Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has prevented an attempt by Kilinochchi police to prohibit the launch of the autobiography of the deceased LTTE women’s political leader Subramaniam Sivathai alias Thamilini.
When her widower Jeyakumar sought permission for the function on March 19, police said permission could be given only if certain pictures in the book were removed and the cover page changed.
Citizens’ Power activist and senior film director Dharmasiri Bandaranayake got to know about it and informed minister Mano Ganeshan about the situation.
Minister Ganeshan discussed it with the PM, who ordered the law enforcement chiefs not to disrupt the book launch.
Strongly criticizing Kilinochchi police, the PM asked, “The government is ours. Is police Gota’s?”
Tamil racists will gain by this conduct by Kilinochchi police over the matter of a deceased LTTE leader, he said,
The PM thanked both Ganeshan and Bandaranayake for their mediation to prevent the government from being condemned internationally.
Police permission has now been given for the book launch, said Jeyakumar, a British citizen.
Thamilini wrote her life story during the period she was warded at Maharagama cancer hospital.
Proceeds would go towards children receiving treatment at the hospital, Jeyakumar said.