TID arrests another Tamil man on return from abroad

Another Tamil man who returned from a Middle Eastern country early last week has been arrested by the Colombo Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) on Tuesday.

Muthulingam Jeyakanthan of Muthaiyankaddu in Mullaitivu was questioned by the TID at the Katunayake International Airport on his return from Doha on April 12, for several hours before being released.

“He was asked to come to the TID office at the 2nd Floor in Colombo this morning. Around 2.15 pm, the TID has informed his sister that he has been arrested. But his family has not been given any document with regard to his arrest,” his lawyer Dominic Premanand toldCeylon News on Tuesday.

The father of two went to Doha in 2013 to work and returned to the country to visit his family.

Pointing out that this is second such arrest to have been made in April, lawyer Dominic Premanand said the family has lodged a complaint with the Jaffna Human Rights Commission in this regard.

Last week, Kireniyar Sebadasan from Adamban in the Mannar district who returned to the country on April 10 was questioned at the airport. He too was asked to come to the TID office on Monday where he was interrogated for several hours before being released.

Commenting the arrest, Jeyakanthan’s sister Sasikumar Ranjinidevi said that her brother went abroad after the war seeking employment to look after his family.

“He returned on April 12 and was questioned at the airport for nearly 7 hours by the TID. He was later released and asked to come today for further interrogation. They took my brother in around 11.15 and around 2.15 they informed me that he has been detained,” she said.

Like many others in the Mullaitivu district, Rajinidevi is also badly affected by the war and her husband and two brothers are missing since the end of the war.

“They refused to show him today, and told me to come and see him on Sunday. My family is already suffering very badly. I also have two children. My brother’s wife with two children is not well. I do not know how to explain our plight,” she said.