Five Tamils in the North have been arrested by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) this morning.

Four people in Jaffna were arrested in the early hours on charges of forming groups aimed at reestablishing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), reportedly after having a telephone conversation with individuals arrested on weapons charges in India. Out of the four arrested, two were from the Ilavalai police division, whilst the other two were from Irupalai and Palali.

A 45-year-old man from Puthukudiyiruppu, Mullaitivu was also arrested by the TID for maintaining contact with the four arrested in Jaffna.

All five have reportedly been taken to Colombo for questioning.

The arrests follow the arrest last week of the Mayor of Jaffna by the TID on trumped up charges, which was met with widespread outrage and condemnation across the island and internationally.