TULF President V. Anandasangaree yesterday appealed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to review the cases of the large number of Tamils who have been detained after being arrested and to take immediate steps to release the innocent.
Mr. Anandasangaree suggested that the detainees be handed over to ?worthy guarantors? who come forward to take charge of them. He said the random arrests and the unjustifiable detention of innocent Tamils would only help the LTTE to escalate its anti-government propaganda.
?The international community too cannot be happy seeing innocent people being harassed and detained,? he said. In his letter to the President containing some acid comments on the LTTE, the TULF leader said, ?Contrary to Mr. Thamilselvan`s claim that those who harm the Army, Navy, and Police personnel are the LTTE cadres and not the innocent civilians, they plant a claymore mine or throw a hand grenade and take to their heels and the soldiers penalise the innocent people on the road. They are arrested and detained.?
Mr. Anandasangaree said:
?Every one is only worried of the ceasefire agreement and its implementation. No one seems to bother about the sufferings of those people who undergo untold hardships under the LTTE rule with no hopes of redemption for many years. The CFA had given legitimacy to the LTTE to rule since February 22, 2002. One reason for the LTTE to drag on without taking the talks seriously is to solidify their position in the areas under its control.
?Apart from those who live behind the LTTE iron curtain, the provisions in the CFA enabled the LTTE to enter the areas under government control. You find them all over the country without any control or restrictions. That is the reason for the random killings of the civilians and forces. If the LTTE can`t honour the provisions of the CFA the most honorable thing for them to do is to withdraw from government controlled areas to its areas. If it does not do so on it should be told that killing people, planting claymore mines, throwing hand grenades and killing, and injuring soldiers and policemen is not politics because the LTTE is allowed into the government areas to do only political work and not to kill.
?Since the Tamils of the North and East have no proper representation and the TNA members only talk on behalf of the LTTE and not about the people I have to make representations to you being the one who came first in the Jaffna electoral district at the last free and fair election held in December, 2001 by obtaining 36,000 votes. The arrest and detention of large number of Tamils should be re-viewed Those who can provide worthy guarantors to take charge of them should be the person who undertakes to take charge of them.
?I know the pathetic plight of a person well known to me arrested the day before Thaipongal following a shooting incident. Hearing shots fired he rushed to the road to look for his children who had gone for tuition. He had been arrested and detained under a false charge and still detained.
The arrests at random and unjustifiable detentions will only help the LTTE to escalate its anti Government propaganda and strengthen their claim. The International Community too cannot be happy teeing innocent people harassed and detained. Hence please take immediate steps to screen those arrested and release the innocent ones immediately.?