Dinasena Rathugamage –
Jaffna Mayor Vishwalingam Maniwannan was arrested by the Police Terrorist Suppression Unit last night (8).
He has been arrested following the allegation of setting up a police force in Municipal Council and giving them clothes similar to those of the LTTE police in the past .
Prior to his arrest, the Mayor told a media briefing that the Jaffna Municipal Police was tasked with overseeing the dumping of rubbish in the city, collecting fines, handling vehicles and investigating corona violators. He said there.
However, the EPDP abstained from participating in the Jaffna Municipal Council session held yesterday (08) on the grounds that it had not obtained the approval of the Jaffna Municipal Council and had not informed the other parties.
The Jaffna Police had earlier questioned the Mayor and since then the Police Terrorist Suppression Unit had questioned him for six hours.
Following the interrogation, the Police Anti-Terrorism Unit took the Jaffna Mayor to the Police Terrorism Suppression Office in Vavuniya and its officers are conducting further investigations into the incident..