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Another NPC member arrested for part in Mullaitivu land-grab protest

Mullaitivu police arrested the Northern Province Council member, M. K. Sivajilingam, for his involvement in a land-grab protest in the district last month.

The police department filed cases against Mr Sivajilingam and others including the NPC member T. Ravikaran after a road-block protest by Mullaitivu residents resulted in the surveyors having to turn back from the area, unable to survey the more than 600 acres of Tamil-owned land earmarked for land-grab by the Sri Lankan Navy.

After the protest on February 22nd, Mr Sivajilingam was charged with damage of state property, among other charges, and was summoned for questioning by Mullaitivu police.

Having not attended two summons due to being abroad, Mr Sivajilingam was arrested on his return to Mullaitivu.

He was detained for around two hours before his legal representatives were able to secure his bail.

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