Kalutara prisoners fast continues

[TamilNet, Sunday, 19 September 1999, 16:29 GMT]
The condition of three Tamil political prisoners who are on a protest fast in the Kalutara maximum security prison 43 km. south of Colombo is serious said sources.

Today, about a hundred fellow Tamil prisoners joined a token fast that started yesterday in support of the twelve who have been fasting since September 14.

The prisoner's whose condition is serious are Vallipuram Manogaran of Valvettithurai, Nallaiah Rasalingam of Palugamam in Batticaloa and Kidnan Muruhananthan of Tambiluvil in Ampara.

Mr. T. Suntharalingam of the Human Rights Commission who was asked by the Prisons Commissioner to mediate with the fasting prisoners told them (the prisoners) today that he is not in a position to do anything except bring the matter to the notice of the Chief Justice and the Minister of Justice.

The prisoners, however, refused to give up their fast, saying that they would rather die so that their death might help the other prisoners.


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