The business community in the Northern Province staged a hartal this morning urging the release of whom they called ‘Tamil political prisoners’ (PTA detainees).
All traders in Vavuniya, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Mannar Districts had joined the hartal by closing down their shops.
Political parties of the Tamil community and civil society organisations which backed the hartal said the ‘Tamil political prisoners’ who were detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) without any court cases should be released.
Residents said the transport services had also been affected by the hartal. Associations of private buses and three-wheelers in the North said they were refraining from services during the hartal.
Northern Province Police Headquarters said additional police teams had been deployed to ensure the security in the area during the hartal. (Sithum Chaturanga and Romesh Madushanka)
Pics by Romesh Madushanka
Lord Wolfstein Friday, 13 October 2017 13:46
Give the prisoners a judgment or release them
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mathi Friday, 13 October 2017 15:47
what judgement are you talking of, even a case has not been registered against many of them
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Park Friday, 13 October 2017 17:30
If there is a harthal who is going to suffer? Its the people and the business owners. If there are LTTE prisoners, then they have to be presented before the courts and charged. If they are found not guilty only they should be released. If they are found guilty they have to face appropriate sentence.
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concern Friday, 13 October 2017 18:41
Why they want to deprive their own communities by closing.. How short sighted are they ??
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ceylon Friday, 13 October 2017 20:46
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Shan Saturday, 14 October 2017 18:51
This Harthal is creating hardship to their own people. I cannot understand there motive behind this strike, no pressure on authorities but on them self.
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