President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Defence Minister issued Detention Order to detain and interrogate Convener of Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) Wasantha Mudalige, Hashantha Jeewantha Gunathilake and Ven. Galwewa Siridhamma Thera for 90 days under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) In addition, IGP C.D. Wickramaratne had being instructed to hand over them to the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) if they are suspected to be involved in any terrorist activities.
The IGP ordered the investigations to be handed over to the CID on Sunday (21).
Police stated that Mudalige was arrested because there was a pending arrest warrant against him.
The suspects were arrested when the Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesting university students who were marching through Town Hall towards Union Place despite Police blockades.
The protest march had been organised by IUSF against President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government.
Meanwhile the European Union (EU) Delegation in Sri Lanka said it is concerned about the reports on the use of PTA in recent arrests as they refer to information given by the Government to the international community about the de-facto moratorium of the use of the PTA.
The IUSF and several civil society and human rights organisations filed complaints at the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) against the detention of Mudalige and others.
By Sahan Tennekoon