3 LTTE pris­on­ers on hunger strike to refuse flu­ids

De­mands Govt. charge them or re­lease them

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - By Athula Ban­dara - Anu­rad­ha­pura Cor­re­spon­dent

Three LTTE sus­pects en­gaged in a hunger strike at the Anu­rad­ha­pura Prison since Sept.23, have threat­ened to stop tak­ing flu­ids from to­day (8), un­less the Govt ei­ther brings charges against them or, or­ders their re­lease.

A del­e­ga­tion of six North­ern Provin­cial Coun­cil (NPC) mem­bers who vis­ited the Anu­rad­ha­pura Prison yes­ter­day, failed to per­suade the fast­ing de­tainees to give up their hunger strike un­til the del­e­ga­tion could meet Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena to brief him on the mat­ter.

The del­e­ga­tion com­prised NPC Chair­man C.V.K. Si­vagnanam, Provin­cial Min­is­ter of Women Af­fairs & Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, Anan­thy Sa­sitha­ran, for­mer Min­is­ter P. Sathyalingam, PCs S. Sun­dar­alingam, Dr V. Tha­vanathan and M.K. Si­va­jilingam.

PC M.K. Si­va­jilingam told jour­nal­ists later that, of the 21 LTTE sus­pects at the Anu­rad­ha­pura Prison, three have been re­fus­ing food since Sept.23, de­mand­ing the State ei­ther bring charges against them or, re­lease them.

The NPC Mem­bers had met with all the LTTE de­tainees and held sep­a­rate dis­cus­sions with those who were on hunger strike. He said they promised to take the mat­ter up with the Pres­i­dent and urged the de­tainees to halt the fast. The de­tainees, how­ever, had re­fused and warned they would stop drink­ing wa­ter as well, from to­day, if the Govt did not pro­vide a so­lu­tion to their is­sue.

Mr Si­va­jilingam said they would seek an ur­gent meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena to brief him on the sit­u­a­tion, to find a speedy so­lu­tion.

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