By Mohamed Haniff
The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to unconditionally release more than 200 LTTE suspects in custody before Deepavali, a festival which would be celebrated by more than two and a half million Hindus throughout the country tomorrow (Tuesday).
According to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Opposition leader R. Sampanthan’s announcement on Friday “32 inmates with suspected LTTE links may get their release through the Courts next Monday and another group before Nov 20.”
“Sampanthan agreeing to the government’s stand that they will be released in batches is a ploy to further its political interests. He has not clearly mentioned what is going to happen to nearly 200 others,” TULF leader Veerasingham Anandasangaree told The Island. “The just before the parliamentary elections mentioned that all Tamil political prisoners would be released immediately after the formation of the new government and the Tamil population trusted and voted them into power,But, I now learn the TNA has backed-down and betrayed the Tamil people.”
In a letter dated November 7, 2015, addressed to the President, the 82-year-old veteran Tamil politician said: “I feel justified in demanding the unconditional release of those in prison.”