The Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) Activist Kumar Gunaratnam’s mother Rajamani Gunaratnam today requested the Government to give Sri Lankan citizenship to her son and ensure his safety during the imprisonment.
Speaking at a media conference organised by the FSP, Ms. Gunaratnam said she was afraid of her younger son’s life, after he was transferred from Kegalle Prison, where he was detained for five years to the Anuradhapura Prison, without giving a fair or proper reason.
She said when there were many other prisons apart from the Anuradhapura Prison, the Prisons Department’s sudden move to send him to a far place like that raised her suspicion.
Gunaratnam’s mother asked the Government as to why Sri Lankan citizenship could not be granted to her son, who was born in Kegalle, studied at St. Mary's College, Kegalle and later completed higher studies at the University of Peradeniya, where Kumar first engaged in political activism.
“My elder son Ranjithan Gunaratnam, who was the Convener of Inter-University Students' Federation in 1989 was also abducted. I lost him. I can’t lose my second son too. I fear for his life now because he was taken to a very far place from me. When he was held in Kegalle Prison, I used to visit him often. Now, I can’t go to Anuradhapura, whenever I want to see my son,”
“He is a patient, he has diabetes. We had given him medicine for diabetes, when he was in Kegalle. But, now we are deprived from giving him medical care too.
“I am afraid that his life would be in very dangerous situation. I request relevant authorities to give him the Sri Lankan citizenship and let him live free like others,” Gunaratnam’s mother said before she broke down in front of the media.
Meanwhile, Gunaratnam’s sister Niranjala Gunaratnam said according to the Solicitor General at AG’s Department, the issue with regard to the request for SL citizenship was over, after the verdict was given for the Kumar’s case on alleged violation of Immigration and Emigration Laws.
FSP Propaganda Secretary Pubudu Jayagoda said they would discuss the issue with the Commissioner General of Prisons Department regarding ‘abnormal sending of a prisoner’ to a far place, violating normal procedure.
He accused the Government of taking political revenge by making a non-committal approach with regard to his request for citizenship.
He stated that the FSP would seek assistance from the national and international human rights organisations against the violation of the rights of their comrade. (Piyumi Fonseka)
Dear Mother, who is behind you... Why now , then silent . when he was kidnapped and deported during by last regime .
Katie Tuesday, 05 April 2016 01:23 PM
Dear Mother - If your son was arrested and detained 5 years ago, why were you silent all this while? how come you woke up suddenly and realised his position?. Prisoners are transferred occasionally from one prison to another for reasons best known to the prison authorities. Dear Mother he discarded his Sri Lankan citizenship for the Australian one, so why should he be given one now.? Think of the other sons and daughters who have suffered because of him
Lanka Tuesday, 05 April 2016 04:47 AM
He comes here to stir up peace, now you get what you asked for...I believe!
Namal Monday, 04 April 2016 03:02 PM
he should NOT be given citizenship at any cost-- he is the one who stirs up the university unrest.
Sheri Monday, 04 April 2016 03:24 PM
Another sob story instigated by his supporters! He got what he deserves - do not let him out!
ANTON Monday, 04 April 2016 03:25 PM
VERY SELFISH MOTHER , SHE IS WORRYING ONLY ABOUT HER SON , NOT THOUSANDS OF OTHER MOTHERS SONS.
Coconut Republic Monday, 04 April 2016 03:41 PM
Sorry mom, its all your fault in upbringing. Truly educated people don't behave in such manner.
TONY Monday, 04 April 2016 04:34 PM
WHY DID HE COME TO SRI LANKA IN THE FIRST PLACE. HE IS NOW AUSTRALIAN AND HE DOESN'T RESPECT SRI LANKAN LAW
Gobi Monday, 04 April 2016 05:02 PM
These comments are made by communal minded Sinhalese people.
Ajith Monday, 04 April 2016 06:54 PM
You are wrong... They are political minded people.... True.. we think he deserve to get the citizenship. Seems one powerful organization or party with same colour behind this.
Rodney Monday, 04 April 2016 07:05 PM
Best place for him to be safe is Australia. Why.. Let him go there. He will anyway will be deported to his country (Australia) of which he is a citizen. He is no longer a Sri Lankan
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