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Now, Wiggy seeks India’s support for his ‘struggle’



By Dinasena Rathugamage

Thamizh Makkal Thesiya Kootani (TMTK) Jaffna District MP C. V. Wigneswaran says he will seek India’s help to win the rights of Tamil people in the North and the East.

Addressing the media in Kilinochchi on Saturday (5) MP Wingeswaran said that his inaugural speech in Parliament on the historic supremacy of Tamil language and Tamil people had marked the beginning of his campaign for winning the rights of Tamil people in the North and the East.

“Tamils too have rights. The Sinhala Buddhist forces have no right to create governments of their own for them alone. Therefore, I commenced this struggle against the deprivation of Tamils of their rights. I continue this path of struggle with the intention of ensuring the protection of rights of Tamils.”

MP Wigneswaran said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had admitted the fact that the rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka should be protected. Prime Minister Modi had stated that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution alone could not solve the problems of Tamils in Sri Lanka, Wigneswaran said.

Quoting from several speeches and statements by the Indian Prime Minister at the Kilinochchi meeting, MP Wigneswaran said that India would stand for the rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

MP Wigneswaran said that he hoped that other Tamil political parties would extend their unreserved support for his struggle for the cause of Tamil people. The rights of Tamils in the North and the East should be ensured and all Tamil parties must join that struggle. Such an agreement among the Tamil parties could be reached with the assistance of India, the MP said.

The incumbent government too would not help realise the aspirations of the Tamil people or redress their grievances.

MP Wigneswaran said that there was a rumour being spread in the South that some Tamil MPs had pledged their support to Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s government. True representatives of Tamil people would not make such stupid decisions, he said.



MP’s wife, father-in-law among three detained



Rishad held under PTA to be questioned

16-year-old girl’s death:

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Police investigating the death of 16-year-old Ishalini, the domestic servant at All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) leader Rishad Bathiudeen’s Baudhaloka Mawatha residence have arrested Ayesha Shiabdeen, 46, the wife of the former minister.

Police also took into custody Rishad’s father-in-law Mohammed Shiabdeen, 70, and Ponnaiah Pandaram alias Shankar, 64, a resident of Dayagama.

Police Spokesman Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said that Shankar had brought Ilashini from Dayagama to the Baudhaloka Mawatha residence of Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) Vanni District lawmaker late last year.

Having studied the post postmortem report, they were taken into custody in terms of Section 360 C and Section 308 B of the Penal Code that dealt with human trafficking and cruelty to children, the top police officer said. According to him, so far 20 statements had been recorded.

Asked whether MP Bathiudeen, too, had been among the questioned, Senior DIG Rohana said the parliamentarian detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) over 2019 Easter Sunday carnage, too, would be interrogated in that regard.

The ACMC contested the last general election on the SJB ticket. It switched its allegiance to the SJB ahead of 2020 general election after having represented the cabinet in UNP led yahapalana administration. Rishad has also served President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s cabinet during his second term.

Having suffered serious burn injuries on July 3 at the MP’s residence and admitted to the National Hospital, Illashini succumbed to her injuries on July 15th. Medical examination revealed that she had been raped over a period of time.

The police spokesman said that they intended to secure court approval to detain the suspects for 72 hours. A Superintendent of Police could obtain such approval on the strength of a B report submitted to the court in respect of offenses on children.

Although, the police indicated earlier in the day they would be produced in Colombo Magistrate court they weren’t brought in.

Meanwhile, the SJB said that interested parties were making a despicable attempt to politicize the incident. The police should be allowed to conduct the investigation without interference, a spokesman for the main Opposition party said.


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Women’s organisations in North conduct protests demanding justice for Ilashini



A section of those engaged in Jaffna protests


By Dinasena Ratugamage

Women’s organisations in the North yesterday held a number of demonstrations in Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi and Jaffna against the death of J. Ilashini, the 16 -year-old girl who died while working at SJB MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s residence.

The protesters urged authorities to ensure that investigations into the death are conducted in a transparent manner. The family of the victim should be compensated and those guilty punished, they said.

Representatives of the organisations said that if justice was not done, they would hold a massive demonstration in Tarapuram, Mannar, which Bathiudeen represents in Parliament.

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Dancer lodges complaint with police over FB post 



Police headquarters yesterday (23) said that dancer Anusha Damayanthi had lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over a Facebook post alleging that she was running a brothel.

Police headquarters said that Damayanthi, while denying the accusation, had also brought to the CID’s notice that a minister was being accused of lambasting the Walana anti-crime strike force for carrying out the raid. Police said that an investigation was underway.

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