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Terrorism Investigation Department reissue summons to Mannar civil society leader

Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Department has reissued a summons to a Mannar civil society leader.

V. S. Sivakaran, who heads the Federation of Community Organisations in Mannar was served a summons at the end of last month to appear for questioning in Colombo in relation to a letter he had sent to the Sri Lankan president criticising the president’s plans to attend the opening of an illegally constructed vihara in the environs of Thiruketheeswaram Kovil.

In the letter Mr Sivakaran had warned that if the President chose to ignore local concerns and attend the opening, Mannar locals would protest his visit.

President Sirisena did not attend the vihara opening.

Mr Sivakaran informed the TID that he could not travel to Colombo on the given date due to illness.

The TID have reissued the summons, ordering him to come to the TID’s 2nd division headquarters in Colombo on October 20.