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* Tamil activist arrested in northern Sri Lanka for allegedly sheltering shooters
Sat, Mar 15, 2014, 01:27 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka police had arrested a Tamil activist and her daughter for allegedly sheltering an LTTE cadre who shot a police inspector in Kilinochchi yesterday during an arrest.

The police arrested Balendra Jeyakumari, a widow and her 13-year-old daughter Vidushika from Dharmapuram in the Kilinochchi District Thursday following the shooting at a police team who went to arrest a suspect.

The police say the gunshots came from the vicinity of Jeyakumari's home when the police officer got shot and allege that the attackers have taken shelter at her home.

The absconding suspect, a former LTTE intelligence officer has allegedly led a poster campaign on missing persons and involved in subversive activities.

Jeyakumari and her daughter also have taken part in the protest campaigns and both have been seen at the frontline of protests launched during the UK Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to the North last November, the police say.

Meanwhile, the major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) strongly protested the arrest of the activist and her daughter.

The mother and daughter are reportedly active participants in most protests conducted by families of the disappeared in the Northern Province.

Jeyakumari lost two of her three sons, reportedly belong to LTTE, in the war and her third son conscripted by the LTTE as a child soldier was reportedly missing after he surrendered to the security forces.

TNA MPs Mavai Senathirajah and E. Saranapavan have called on the authorities to produce the two suspects before the magistrate promptly and release. The MPs fear that they could be held in police custody for a longer period under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

The MP's have slammed government's "high-handed" action saying that the arrest while the human rights record is under scrutiny at the current sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, is illustrative of the government’s disdainful conduct towards the UNHRC.

Media reports said the mother and daughter were produced before the Kilinochchi magistrate late in the day and the mother will be transferred to the Boosa detention camp in the Southern Province while the daughter has been handed over to a child probationary officer.

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