SL refugee on fast arrested

13-62-thickboxA Sri Lankan refugee, who was observing a fast unto death demanding the Indian government to hand him and his family to the United Nations instead of deporting them to Sri Lanka, was arrested by the Cheyyar police on Thursday and was shifted to a Prison in Chennai.

“A case has been registered against him for attempting to commit suicide. He has been taken to the Magistrate Court,” said a police official.

The arrested, Chenthuran had been observing a hunger protest from Tuesday.

A case was registered against him to restrict his movement and activities outside the camp. He was lodged in the special camp in Chengalpet. He was later shifted to the special camp in Tiruvannamalai district along with 30 other inmates recently.

The State government had written to the Home Department of the Central government to obtain permission to deport Chenthuran last year.

The Central government had conveyed its permission in July. The Lankan Tamil filed a legal suit challenging the government’s deportation order. The case was pending before the court.

However, Chenthuran began the indefinite hunger protest putting forth his demand to hand his family and him over to the UN. (Indian Express)