Police to arrest more people in Jaffna

The police are to carry out more arrests in Jaffna over allegations of having links with the LTTE while 37 people already arrested are to be produced in court and charged.

TNA MP E. Saranavanabawan told The Sunday Leader today  that the families of 33 people arrested have made complaints to the Human Rights Commission regarding the arrests. Saranawabawan told The Sunday Leader that it was not clear on what basis the arrests were being made.

“Looks like they are being arrested on grounds that they are ex-LTTE cadres who have not been rehabilitated”. It is learnt that receipts are being issued to the families following the arrests. They have all been sent to Vavuniya, Welikanda and other remand prisons and we do not know what they plan to do with them,” he said.

Police Media Spokesman SSP Prishantha Jayakody told the newspaper that arrests in Jaffna were continuing.

“All those arrested were involved with LTTE activities in the past and we are arresting them,” he said.

The arrests began following the LTTE heroes day commemorative event held at the Jaffna University on November 27.

However SSP Jayakody said that the police had been gathering information on those arrested for some time. “It is a long process and we have been gathering intelligence on these people and the training they have undergone during the war for a long time,” he said.

Jayakody said that the arrests are ongoing and more youth will be arrested in the future. “We have identified the people already and they will be arrested from their homes or places of residence,” he said.

Jayakody confirmed that the arrested will be subject to an inquiry and an investigation and then charged. “Most of them will be produced in court,” he said.