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Terrorism Investigation Department summon Mannar civil society leader over planned protest

The Terrorism Investigation Department has summoned a Mannar civil society leader for questioning in Colombo.

V. S. Sivakaran, who heads the Federation of Community Organisations in Mannar was served the summons 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.

While the opening of the vihara is due to take place this Friday (September 29), Mr Sivakaran has been instructed to appear before the Terrorism Investigation Department in Colombo the following Monday (October 3).