Sept 11, Colombo: A parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance has claimed that police denied him permission to participate in a religious procession in Rameswaram in the Tamil Nadu state of India.
Seeniththamby Yoheswaran, Batticaloa District TNA MP told reporters that Tamil Nadu police citing prohibitory orders, did not allow him to participate in the function organized by Hindu Makkal Katchi.
According to a PTI report, the MP has said that he was allowed to offer prayers at the temple here. The Sri Lankan Tamil parliamentarian has said that he would meet the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and convey his dismay for denying him permission to participate in the procession.
Speaking to Indian media the TNA MP has criticized the Sri Lankan government for not permitting Indian fishermen to fish in the area of the Katchatheevu islet, which according to the MP was a gift to Sri Lanka from India.
Yoheswaran has accused the government of violating the Indo-Sri Lanka accord of 1987 by deploying the Army in in full strength in Northern and Eastern provinces which he has described as the "hereditary and traditional dwelling place of Tamils".