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Tamil parties in Sri Lanka demand prison minister’s resignation for threatening to kill Tamil prisoners

By PTI

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Tamil political parties have demanded the resignation and arrest of the country’s Minister of State for Prisons Management Lohan Ratawate for allegedly threatening to kill Tamil prisoners during a visit to Anuradhapura Jail in the country’s north-central region. Is.

The Colombo Gazette reported on Wednesday that Ratwate allegedly visited the Anuradhapura jail on September 12 and forced two prisoners to kneel and threatened to kill them.

??We demand from the government to immediately remove the Minister of Jail Management of the state and arrest and charge him after immediate investigation in the case of allegedly threatening to kill the prisoners in Anuradhapura on Sunday, 12th September ?? Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said in a tweet.

Another Tamil party Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) leader Galen Ponnambalam also confirmed the incident.

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Ponnambalam said the minister had threatened to kill Tamil prisoners.

Local media reports alleged that the minister visited Colombo’s main jail to show the hanging of a group of his friends late at night before heading to the north-central city of Anuradhapura.

He was reportedly carrying his personal weapon to the jail, which the jail authorities called an illegal act.

Local media reports said the minister’s office denied any such incident involving the minister.

The minister’s alleged incident and act has also been condemned by the UN representative in the country.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Hana Singer-Hamdy said the state has a duty to protect the rights of prisoners, the Colombo Gazette news portal reported.

??In our work on prison reform and drug rehabilitation, the United Nations Sri Lanka works to strengthen capabilities to uphold the rights of all those who are in custody and condemns any abuse of prisoners , ?? Hana Singer-Hamdi tweeted on Wednesday.

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