10 Tamils arrested in Dehiwela
[TamilNet, Friday, 02 March 2007, 02:25 GMT]
Sri Lanka Police conducted a door to door search midnight Wednesday in the Tamil dominated towns of Dehiwela and Kalubovila in Mount Lavinia Municipal limits, and arrested ten Tamils including three women, sources in Colombo said.
The three women, Ms. Kirushnaveni Rangarajah, 26, from Jaffna, Miss Kanishka Sebastian and Ms. Reetamma Antony, 33, From Hatton, were later released on Thursday after Mano Ganeshan, Member of Parliament for Colombo district and the Leader of Western People Front, and P. Rathakirushnan, Deputy Minister, had contacted the Police and demanded their release.
The other seven male detainees are still being detained for further interrogation.
The Police said the suspects were arrested under Prevention of Terrorism Act, which enables the armed forces to detain a person for 18 months without producing in Courts, but did not reveal the reason of the arrests.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mano Ganeshan said that actions are underway to obtain the release of the other seven arrested.