For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
TamilNet, Saturday, 04 September 2010,
Sri Lanka police in Jaffna arrested two members of Janatha Vimukthi Party (JVP) while they were putting up posters against the proposed 18th Constitutional Amendment at Hospital Road junction in Jaffna Saturday early morning, sources in Jaffna said. One of the men arrested is Veeraraj Lalithakumar who had contested as the chief candidate of Democratic National Party of Sarath Fonseka in Jaffna district in the last parliamentary election and lost. The police had removed all the posters pasted.
Meanwhile, Gampaha district JVP parliamentarian Vijitha Herath had called Jaffna police from Colombo and pointed out that it was not an offence to paste posters in public places, JVP sources in Jaffna said.
Jaffna police have detained the two arrestees despite the intervention of Vijitha Herath and are framing false charges against them, alleged the JVP sources.
The police produced the two arrestees Saturday before Acting Magistrate S. Kesavan who released them on condition that they should appear in Jaffna Magistrate Court 8 September.