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‘I do not know his whereabouts’ – Wife pleads for release of husband arrested over Facebook post

A Tamil woman has demanded the release of her husband, who was arrested by Sri Lankan authroties last week after allegedly posting an image of LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran on his Facebook page.

Sri Lankan police in Vaharai arrested 30-year-old Kumaradasar Vijayadasar on November 27th, under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. He was taken from his home during dinner and initially questioned on the road of his residence.

“The police stated they’ll take him outside to the roadside and talk to him, but when I went to go and check they weren’t there,” Vijayadasar’s wife Bhavanitha told reporters. “I went to the police station to ask for him and was only allowed to see him at around 12 am.”

“He was kept in Vaharai police station for two nights and three days,” she continued.

“The police did not deliver him in court as mentioned. Instead, they took him to the Judge’s residence in Oddamavadi. Someone in the neighbourhood that was recently released revealed that he is being detained in solitary confinement in Kalmunai. I do not know his whereabouts. We have not been informed by authorities. Despite many attempts, we finally got a lawyer and tried to fight his case, but the police said that they would not release him.”

The father of one, a fisherman hailing from Vakarai, Batticaloa is reportedly booked to appear in court on December 12th.

The arrest was one of several carried out by Sri Lankan security forces this week, as the military launched a crackdown across the North-East.

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