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Hindu Existence Special Correspondent | Ontario – Canada | 14 March 2014:: Activist groups in Sri Lanka are now confirming that a Tamil widow from Kilinochchi, a Kilinochchi Disappearances Activist named Balendran Jeyakumari and her 13 year old daughter named Vidushika have been arrested by police investigators following a five hour raid on their home at Dharmapuram last evening. Both of them are reportedly being held in Vavuniya.
Reports that Balendran Jeyakumari a prominent campaigner for families of the disappeared in the Kilinochchi District and her daughter were being detained inside her home which is in the Indian Housing scheme broke late afternoon yesterday (13th March). Balendran Jeyakumari and kumari Vidushika hail rom their traditional orthodox Tamil Shaiva faith. And the persecutor Sri Lankan Govt. is oppressing all these Hindu activists in their faith of fake Buddhist faith. The ruling Govt in Sri Lanka is doing all the harmful activities against humanity just violating all the norms of real preaching of Lord Buddha.
Media and Tamil politician Gajen Ponnambalam reported that Jayakumari’s home had been surrounded by police and armed forces personnel at about 4:30 P.M. on Thursday (13). Ponnambalam and other friends who called Jayakumari on her phone reported that the woman had first answered and that later her phone was snatched away by men claiming to be police, who said there was an investigation under way before switching off the mobile. Neighbours reported the sound of screams and crying by Vithushaini at the home. Media personnel rushing to the scene were not permitted to get close to Jayakumari’s residence, with police cordoning off the area near her home. For several hours no reports emerged about their whereabouts, although late Wednesday night, Ponnambalam said there were unconfirmed reports Jayakumari and her daughter had been arrested.
Police meanwhile, told reporters in Colombo that one policeman had been injured in an attack when a team of police personnel was attempting to arrest a suspected Ex-LTTE cadre in Kilinochchi. Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana told the BBC on Thursday that the suspect had been in a house in which there were two women who were now being investigated. More unconfirmed reports are emerging about further police casualties.
Jayakumari and her daughter Vithushaini are familiar faces in disappearances protests and were heavily photographed during the missing peoples’ protest in Jaffna when British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the area during CHOGM in November last year. Jayakumari had four children – two sons were killed in the war and a third went missing after she handed him over to the military in May 2009. Her 13 year old daughter is her last remaining child. Both Jayakumari and her daughter handed over documents of their family members last whereabouts and information to Channel 4′s Jonathan Snow who was mobbed by the demonstrators in Jaffna during Cameron’s visit. Sources said that the two women were being harassed on suspicion of having been informants for the British Broadcaster.
Video of demonstration at Nallur Kovil Jaffna prior to Cameron’s arrival in the North shows Jayakumari and her daughter are in the first row of protesters. Click here to watch the video.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) protests in the strongest terms for such unjustified arrest of Rights activists.
The TNA is shocked and appalled at the conduct of the authorities in this regard. The high-handed conduct of the government, even while its human rights record is under scrutiny at the current sessions of the Human Rights Council, is illustrative of the government’s disdainful conduct towards the Human Rights Council. The TNA demands that Jeyakumari and Vidushika be produced before a Magistrate forthwith and released. We remain deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of Jeyakumari and Vidushika, particularly given the context of reported widespread sexual violence against women in the Northern Province. We urge the international community to take all possible measures to ensure the safety and release of Jeyakumari and Vidushika.
In last two decades the Tamils of Sri Lanka saw a deadly genocide in a terrific hell, most of the victims of which are Tamil Hindus.
Important Notice: Mother & child arrested by Sri Lankan military for meeting David Cameron when he visited Jaffna. MASS RALLY outside 10 Downing St, Saturday 15th, 3-6pm. Please gather in large numbers. David Cameron is responsible for this arrest. He must deliver justice. Tube: Westminster Info: TCC-UK 0203719313.
Courtesy: (Spl. arrangements with) Colombo Telegraph & TNA.