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Four hunger striking detainees at Magazine prison admitted to hospital

Four Tamil political prisoners hunger-striking in Colombo’s Magazine prison have been admitted to hospital.

The four - Seethagopal Arumugam, Rasathurai Jeyanthan, Thevasahayam Uthayakumar and Joseph Sebastian - were admitted following a decline in their health, four days after starting the hunger strike.

They are part of a group of 42 political prisoners in the Colombo prison to be hunger-striking to be tried or released. They began the protest following similar actions by Tamil political prisoners in Anuradhapura prison who began hunger-striking for their release over three weeks ago.