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Tamil activist to be held on remand over Batticaloa hartal

A Tamil political activist has been remanded by a Sri Lankan court over a hartal in protest at the appointment of former UPFA MP Hizbullah as governor of the Eastern Province last month.

Kanapathipillai Mohan, who heads the Thamizh Unarvaalar Amaippu, has had an order issued against him by the Eravur Circuit Magistrate Court, holding him on remand until February 13.

The court head that Mohan was arrested after organising the hartal against Hizbullah, who locals have accused of exacerbating inter-community tensions in the East during his time in the Eastern Provincial Council.

The court also called for the other organisers of the protest to be arrested.


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