Of nearly two thousand Tamil youth arrested during the last few days, most except for around a hundred, have been released. The others still in detention are and questioned, DIG Colombo Nimal Mediwaka said
`They may have their national identity cards or some other form of identification. But, the arrests were made to ascertain further information about them,` Mediwaka said. He said the woman suicide cadre, who last Wednesday went to Minister Douglas Devananda`s office, too had a national identity card.
Tamil National Alliance MPs made a big hue and cry in parliament over the arrests on Monday and said the arrested people were highly inconvenienced and some had been kept hungry. UNP Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella also condemned the arrests. The JVP said that such a move would pave the way for innocents to sympathise with the LTTE.
Mediwaka said that relations brought food for the detainees and the police also helped them. They were not harassed in any way. The police only wanted to establish their genuine identity. The remaining nearly one hundred suspects are being interrogated and if they are found to be innocent they too would be released soon.
Meanwhile, following the commotion in Parliament, President Mahinda Rajapaksa directed the IGP to complete investigations on those arrested soon and release all innnocent people.
Meanwhile, Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle told Parliament on Monday that the security forces were only following certain instructions to identify terrorists and were not harassing the people.