SL TID interrogates outspoken Tamil activist VS Sivakaran in Mannaar

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 22:09 GMT]
A five-member team of the notorious ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Division (TID) that from Colombo to Mannaar carried out an intimidating interrogation of VS Sivakaran, the chairman of Thamizh Theasia Vaazhvurimaich Changkam on Wednesday. The SL TID personnel led by an inspector-rank officer were posing questions in the two-and-a-half-hour investigation about Mr Sivakaran’s role in Maaveerar-Naa’l (Heroes’ Day) marked on 27 November 2019. They also warned the outspoken critic of genocidal Colombo that he was on a watchlist for organising remembrance days for people whom the TID blamed as “terrorists”. The harassment comes two days after Eezham Tamils braved SL military and police harassments in North and East marking Mu'l'livaaykkaal Remembrance and Awakening Day against Tamil Genocide on Tuesday. Sivakaran was formerly the secretary of the youth wing of Ilankai Tamil Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK).

It is not the first time Mr Sivakaran being subjected to interrogation harassment by the SL TID, rights activists in Mannaar said. Sivakaran was detained in April 2016 and was served a travel ban for six months.

This time, the TID questioning centred on two Maaveerar-naa'l events, at Aadkaaddi-ve'li in Maanthai-West and at Pa'ndivirichchaan.

The TID personnel were recording the responses of former ITAK youth leader in Tamil. The incident took place at Nallaayan Road at his printing press between 15:30 to 18:00 hours.

The ITAK, which wanted the Tamils to vote for Maithiripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickramasinghe during the 2015 elections, removed him and former NPC Councillor Ananthy Sasitharan in “disciplinary action” from the party for criticising the decision of the party hierarchy.

Ms Sasitharan continued as an NPC Councillor with the backing from NPC Chief Minister Justice CV Wigneswaran and Sivakaran formed an independent organisation that continues to voice for the nationhood related rights of Tamils.

Sivakaran supports the grassroots movements and initiatives that seek to sustain the harmony amongst the Tamil-speaking peoples who belong to Saiva, Catholic and Islamic religions in Mannaar.

Sivakaran's comments to media ahead of Mu'l'livaaykkaal Remembrance and the recent dispute prevailing within the ranks and files of the TNA, follow:

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