Police have arrested three Tamil political activists for objecting to a tour of the north by the president, within 24 hours of a court decision that democratic struggles cannot be banned.
The trio from the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) were taken into custody yesterday (04).
That was a day after the Jaffna magistrate refused to issue an injunction sought by the police against eight persons it deemed as leaders of protests against Wickremesinghe’s stay in the north till 07 January.
The president arrived by helicopter from Colombo at the Jaffna district secretariat around 4.00 pm to attend the development committee meeting for Jaffna and Kilinochchi.
Before that, TNPF’s Jaffna organizer Pon Master, youth wing leader E. Satyaseelan and Mardankerni organizer Arulmadi were arrested and kept overnight at Jaffna police.
Following their arrest, TNPF lawyer Kanagaratnam Sugash led a group and staged a protest near the district secretariat, demanding a halt to illegal arrests.