Two students of the Jaffna university who were arrested together with four others last November by the Terrorist Investigations Division (TID), were freed today.
Both students had been sent for rehabilitation to the Welikada rehabilitation center following their arrest. The TID had arrested four students after a tense situation arose at the university last November.
The four students were arrested under the anti-terrorism laws. Human rights groups had campaigned for their release both in Sri Lanka and overseas.
Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, Brigadier Darshana Hettiarachchi told the Colombo Gazette that the two students underwent an extensive rehabilitation program within a short period of time following their arrest.
“I believe the rehabilitation program they underwent was a success. The other two students are still undergoing rehabilitation,” he said.
The two students who were freed, were handed over to their parents in the presence of Jaffna university officials.
Amnesty International had said last month that P. Tharshananth, Sanmugam Solaman, Kanesamoorthy Sutharsan and K. Jenemajeyamenan were arrested without warrants in Jaffna.
The human rights group said that the students were being questioned about their alleged involvement in a petrol bomb attack on the office of a local political organization, as well as their involvement in organizing demonstrations.
Amnesty International said there were concerns for their well-being given evidence of the persistent use of torture in TID custody. (Colombo Gazette)
Report by Easwaran Rutnam