Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Indian Tamils languishing in Poonamalle special camp on hunger strike

G Saravanan:
Chennai, June 11:
Four Indian Tamils, languishing in special camps for Lankan Tamil refugees at Poonamalle and Chengalpet even after getting proper bail orders, have began their indefinite hunger strike inside the camp.
According to sources, all the four persons, three from coastal Ramanathapuram district and one from Union Territory of Pudhucherry, have refused taking food for the last few days apparently over the denial of their basic human rights for the last one-year.
However, the authorities managed to convince three others, but Sethu Kannan still continuing his hunger strike, the source added.
According to S Manoharan, a lawyer who represented such special camp detenu in Madras High Court regularly, said, “Most of them have sent their representations to the Home Secretary of the state proving their nationality but no one listen to them.”
Sethu Kannan was arrested in a smuggling case in 2007 and sent to Puzhal Prison. In 2008, he got bail in the case and released from jail. But, Q Branch of Tamil Nadu Police arrested him at the prison gate and sent him to special camp for Lankan Tamil refugees at Poonamalle for interrogation.
The camp specially used to house people who enter the country without valid papers, but most of the detainees here are only Lankan Tamils, Manoharan said.

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