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Tamil Americans Committee urges CM Stalin to release Eelam Tamil refugees  

Following attempted suicides by Eelam Tamil refugees detained in a “Special Camp” in Trichy Central Jail last week, a committee of Tamil Americans has written a letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, urging him to release the detainees. 

Meena Ilancheyan, President of the Tamil Americans United Political Action Committee (PAC), said in the letter that the refugees have been going through “mental agitation, agony and pushed to desperation” as their repeated attempts to secure their release failed. 

She also pointed out that the assurances given by the Refugees Rehabilitation Department Commissioner when he met the detainees in Trichy during their large-scale protest a month ago remain unfulfilled. 

“Therefore,” Ilancheyan said, “I request you on behalf of the Tamil American United PAC to show mercy to Eelam Tamil refugees who have been detained and imprisoned in the Trichy Special Camp and take appropriate actions to release them.” 

In her letter, Ilancheyan also called the Chief Minister’s attention to the fact that many of those who have been detained, continue to be imprisoned beyond the length of their sentences. 

Those who attempted suicide are currently receiving treatment at a Trichy Government Hospital and remain under critical condition. 

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