The Mayor of Jaffna Visvalingam Manivannan was arrested this morning by the Jaffna police for allowing five men to wear uniforms similar to the de facto LTTE policemen, the Police said.
Police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said the Mayor was arrested in connection with offences of the Prevention under Terrorism Act (PTA), according to the gazette notification published on August 11, 2011.
Five men attached to the Jaffna Municipal Council, were deployed in Jaffna town to perform police duties, he said.
"The Jaffna police were alerted about the five men and their outfit. The Jaffna Police and Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) conducted investigations into this and it was disclosed that the uniforms worn by the five men were similar to the ones worn by the de facto LTTE cops during the war," he said.
Jaffna police and the TID recorded statements from the Municipal Commissioner and the five men.
It is understood that the Jaffna Mayor granted permission to recruit these men with the so-called uniforms.
According to the PTA, promoting LTTE or its ideology is prohibited.
The TID and Jaffna police are conducting further investigations. (Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya and Romesh Madushanka)
Pic by Romesh Madushanka
Shehan Friday, 09 April 2021 09:19 AM
The dead souls are still dancing?.
BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 09 April 2021 09:23 AM
Colombo Mayor, owner of Tenaga Parking
Karl Friday, 09 April 2021 09:43 AM
Something good from this govt, at last...
Johan Friday, 09 April 2021 11:00 AM
Does a set of uniform will resurge the ideology of LTTE with so much security prevalence in the Peninsula.Just change the colour of the uniform
? Is this reconcilliation Friday, 09 April 2021 11:23 AM
Nonsense. What's wrong in a dress ? The government is scared of LTTE ghost. Government please grow up. Poor standard of government. You are lighting the fire for racial hatred.
Peacemaker Friday, 09 April 2021 11:35 AM
Then arrest rosy as well, bcos Colombo MC too have the same uniforms and people
Mathanamutha Friday, 09 April 2021 11:43 AM
So the Police will arrest the Colombo Major as well for employment if men with same colour uniform. We now know if two different laws in this country.
roni Friday, 09 April 2021 11:46 AM
This Mayor is a Joker. Should be given full treatment and allowed to spend the old year as well as the New Year in prison. From a so called HERO to ZERO
Arun Friday, 09 April 2021 12:07 PM
Govt really doing silly things. Hope govt want to promote him among tamil public and divert attention of southern illiterate people. Manivannan has been already selected as Chief minister candidate by Vikneswaran MP
Pantha Friday, 09 April 2021 12:31 PM
Are we still worried about LTTE. We should more worried about Chinese
Jeeves Friday, 09 April 2021 06:05 PM
Wise and timely action! We cannot turn a blind eye! This behaviour had to be stopped, and charges given. Mayor needs to act like a Sri Lankan official, rather than a worshipper of LTTE!
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