The police yesterday arrested and later released a representative of Presidential candidate Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne during the funeral of the father of LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran in Velvetithurai.
According to the media unit of Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne, Dharmasiri Lankapeli was arrested by the Velvetithurai police while he was addressing the gathering at the funeral of Thiruvengadam Velupillai.
He was representing Dr. Vickramabahu at the invitation of Tamil Presidential Candidate MK Shivajilingam to whom the handling of the final rites was entrusted by the LTTE leader’s family.
The police accused Dharmasiri Lankapeli of inciting racial hatred, the media unit of Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne said. Lankapeli was taken to the police station and later released.