The United National Party (UNP) yesterday condemned the arrest of Jaffna Mayor Visvalingam Manivannan under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), and called for the official to be treated with dignity and respect.
Issuing a statement, the UNP said the arrest allegedly took place due to concerns raised regarding the uniforms worn by members of the Jaffna Municipal Council.
“The party believes that an inquiry into any alleged wrongdoing by an elected official must be carried out by the relevant Ministry prior to any Police action,” the statement said. The UNP called for the Government to present clear evidence regarding the allegations that the uniforms worn by the members of the council who have been employed to oversee the cleanliness of the Municipality had any resemblance to uniforms worn by the LTTE.
The party further drew attention to the uniforms worn by the parking attendants within the Colombo Municipality, and questioned if those could also be viewed as similar to those worn by the LTTE.
“We urge that the relevant authorities ensure this matter is handled in a transparent manner and the elected officials be treated with the dignity and respect their office commands,” the statement added.