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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

SLFP Organizer Ankajan Father Ramanathan Released On Bail

Colombo, 19 September, (Asiantribune.com):

Sathasivam Ramanathan, Father of Ankajan, Chief Organizer of the SLFP for the Jaffna District and a candidate of the ruling UPFA Party from the Jaffna District in the election for the Northern Provincial Council was released on conditional bail.

His case was taken up before Jaffna High Court Judge Annalingham Premsankar who granted him a conditional bail.

The High Court Judge ordered the accuse to be present at the Police station at Chavakachcheri on every last Friday of the month and cautioned him not to interfere and disturbed the witnesses who are listed in the case against him.

The judge also ordered Ramanathan to be released on personal surety of Rs. 500,000/ and two persons surety of each worth Rs.1000,000/.

Earlier Ramanathan who was arrested by the Police on 29th August was produced before the Chavakachcheri Magistrate on 30th August.

He was arrested on charges of an alleged shooting incident and charged with attempted murder and has been remanded till the 13th of September.

Ramanathan, , was arrested alleging that he attempted to shoot down another UPFA candidate on 27th evening at Chavakachcheri.

It was further alleged that Ramanthan attempted to shoot down one Kumaru Sharvananda, a UPFA candidate from Jaffna District, contesting in the Northern Provincial Council election.

According to a Police report the incident that took place in Chavakachcheri on 27th evening around 7.30 pm and one Kanagasingham Nandakumar (aged 29 yrs), a supporter of the SLFP candidate Kumaru Sharvananda had received gunshot injury and was admitted to the Chavakachcheri hospital for treatment.

Also another supporter of Kumaru Sharvananda one Viswarajan Viswarupan (30 yrs old) sustained injuries due to stone pelting and he too was admitted to the hospital.

Later UPFA candidates Kumaru Sharvanandan, S.Agilathas, S.Remaddious and Ponnampalam conducted a press meet at the Jaffna Press Club and urged Ramanathan, father of Ankajan be arrested immediately.

Ruling party candidate Kumaru Sharvanandan, a chauffer of the former MP Maheswaran, alleged that Mr. Ramanathan shot at him, but fortunately survived as the bullet whistle passed him without hurting.

He was a former UNP member of the Chavakachcheri Pradeshiya Sabah and subsequently joined the ruling party and was selected as a UPFA candidate.

He insisted that Mr. Ramanathan should be arrested and tried for attempted murder and for shooting his supporters.

- Asian Tribune -

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