Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) Convener Wasantha Mudalige, Hashantha Jeewantha Gunathilake, and Ven. Galwewa Siridhamma Thera, who were detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) for 90 days, were moved to Tangalle Central Detention Centre yesterday (23).
President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Defence Minister issued a Detention Order to detain and interrogate them for 90 days under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).
In addition, IGP on Sunday (21) C.D. Wickramaratne had been 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.
Police said 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 the IUSF against President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Government.