Government urges Tamil prisoners to stop fast

wijedasa_rajapksha_CIThe Government today urged Tamil political prisoners who launched a hunger strike to suspend their fast and assured them a solution.

Justice Minister Wijeydasa Rajapaksha visited the inmates at the Welikada prison and made the appeal.

He said that the concerns raised by the prisoners on a fast will be looked into and a solution will be reached by the end of this year.

However Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthirana said that not all the prisoners were willing to agree to the request to suspend the fast.

He said that the prisoners are demanding an assurance directly from President Maithripala Sirisena in order to call-off the fast.

Tamil political prisoners at key prisons around the country began a fast unto death on Monday, demanding their release.

The prisoners are calling for a Presidential pardon and have refused to suspend the fast till they get an acceptable solution. (Colombo Gazette)