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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2679

Government must take responsibility of Maheshwaran’s case- UNP

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 01 January, ( The United National Party condemns killing of UNP parliamentarian T.Maheswaran and said the government must take responsibility of this case.

Secretary General of the UNP Tissa Attanayaka said the government reduced Mr.Maheshwaran’s security after the MP criticized the government affairs and arrest of innocent Tamils. During the Parliament a heated debate was erupted between United National Party (UNP) MP, T. Maheshwaran and government's Chief Whip Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle at the parliament today on the arrest and detention of Tamil people during the search operations conducted recently.

The UNP MP urged the government that it must take immediate actions to release those innocent Tamil civilians who have been detained by the government. He requested the government to hand over the children who have been detained to him so that he can arrange them transport to their native places. MP Maheshwaran also noted that whereabouts of 19 people who said to have arrested recently are not known. He also revealed that there are many Sinhalese and Muslims among the arrested.

Mr.Maheswaran was also a victim during the last General election and he was shot and seriously wounded by unidentified gunmen in downtown Colombo. Mr. Maheswaran was fired at by the gunmen when he was returning after an election campaign meeting in the crowded suburb of Ginnthupitiya , Colombo.

He was killed in a shooting that took place near the Sivam Kovil in Kortahena on Monday morning. Media Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said the incident occurred around 10.00 a.m. The MP was seriously injured and admitted to the National Hospital. After the admission he was dead.

- Asian Tribune -

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