Vedda Chief to urge President for release

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Vedda Chief Uruwarige Wanniyalaaththo has decided to meet President Ranil Wickremesinghe in a bid to persuade him to release three student activists in Police custody, including IUSF Convener Wasantha Mudalige, who have been detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

He expressed deep sadness over the detention and questioning of the three student activists, including Mudalige.

He said people like Mudalige joined the protest movement because of their love for the country, and that the President and Prime Minister were appointed as a result of their long-term struggle.

He said if the President is aware of Mudalige’s merits, he will take the necessary steps to release him without detaining him in this manner.

“As far as I know, they are not guilty and if there is any accusation against them, they should not be detained in this manner, and legal action should be taken against them as soon as possible,” he said.

Wannila Aththo also said that Mudalige protested on behalf of the people, but that later, certain politicians and individuals such as drug addicts, robbers and others joined the movement and sabotaged it.

He noted that indigenous people live in 136 countries around the world and that before Mudalige’s detention becomes public, the President should ensure that he is released.

He made the remark after a group of social activists met him to request that he urge the President to release the students who had been detained and interrogated under orders from the Ministry of Defence.

The Vedda Chief also informed the social activists that while Mudalige’s father is not a member of the tribe, his mother is, and that he plans to meet the President and present the facts about his unfair detention soon.

BY Kumudu Upul Shantha