TNPF MP Selvarasa Gajendran released on police bail

Tamil National People’s Front MP Selvarasa Gajendran and two others who were arrested in Jaffna by holding a remembrance event for Thileepan, have been released on police bail, says the Police Spokesman.

Sri Lankan police stepped up their presence in Jaffna today, after filing a court injunction at Jaffna Magistrate Court, to ban any commemorative events organised to remember Thileepan’s sacrifice.

During the arrest, the Police manhandled Kajendran and forcefully pushed him into the van. Later, the MP has been released on bail.

Police said they were arrested for violating quarantine laws by holding a commemoration event in remembrance of ‘Thileepan’, a political wing leader of the LTTE who died while on hunger strike.

MP was arrested near the ‘Thileepan’ monument located at Nallur in Jaffna and that police are expected to record his statement.

Several representatives of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress had also reportedly attended the commemoration event.

Similar events commemorating ‘Thileepan’ had been held since September 15 organised by various Tamil political parties and political representatives, the reporter said.