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Priest arrested over Maaveerar Naal commemorations now released on bail

A Tamil priest at the Bishop of Jaffna’s house who was arrested yesterday by Sri Lanka's security forces, after decorations had been set up for a private Maaveerar Naal commemoration event, has now been released on bail. 

Armed soldiers and Sri Lankan police officers raided the house yesterday evening and seized decorations that had been laid out for the remembrance event. The priest has been identified as Fr. Baskaran.

The raid comes as a military crackdown is underway across the North-East, in a bid to prevent Tamils from marking the day, which commemorates Tamil fighters who lost their lives in the armed struggle.

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