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* CID questions Sri Lanka Tamil parliamentarian over war victim commemoration
Wed, May 22, 2013, 11:33 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 22, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police has interrogated the Vanni District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Sivasakthi Anandan yesterday in Colombo over his involvement in a function held last week to commemorate the Tamil victims of war.

The Tamil MP has organized the commemoration in Vavuniya Town Hall on May 18 and the CID has questioned him on why he organized the function.

Anandan has told the BBC Sandeshaya Service that he was also interrogated over four hours on a mobile phone conversation he had with the Tamil detainees in the Vavuniya Prison when the riots broke out in the prison last year.

He has told the CID that the fasting Tamil detainees called him to mediate a solution for their grievances with the prison authorities and the MP with another TNA MP Selvan Adaikalanathan visited the prison to resolve the issue.

Anandan was reportedly questioned on how he has developed mobile phone connections with the Tamil detainees and on the hunger strike staged last year by the prisoners which resulted in a riot at the prison.

Tamil MPs Suresh Premachandran and M.A. Sumanthiran have accompanied Anandan to the CID office in Colombo.

Mano Ganeshan, the leader of People's Democratic Front has meanwhile has said that ordering Sivasakthi Anandan to report to CID is a violation of public's right to commemorate the dead and the provisions in Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee (LLRC) report clearly indicates that the public must be provided with an opportunity to commemorate dead.

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