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North’s Education Minister interrogated by TID over refusal to hoist Sri Lanka flag

The Northern Provincial Council’s Education Minister was questioned for almost six hours by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Department in Colombo, over his refusal to hoist the Sri Lanka flag at a school function in Vavuniya.

Education Minister, Kanthaiah Sarveswaran had declined to hoist the Sri Lanka flag at a school function on November 16, 2017, when he had been the chief guest.

He was later summoned by the TID for investigation in Colombo.

Appearing as summoned at 9.30am on Tuesday, the minister was interrogated until 3pm about the reasons behind his refusal to hoist the Sri Lanka flag.

The minister told Tamil Guardian that he had responded that endorsing the Sri Lanka flag, which discriminates against the island’s minorities, was not in line with his politics.