Coimbatore: Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) president M H Jawahirullah on Saturday condemned the Sri Lankan government for banning a few Muslim outfits.In a press statement, he said the government led by prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has been functioning against the minority Muslims and Tamils in Sri Lanka.
“The Sri Lankan government has banned 11 Muslim outfits and linked them to the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 279 people in 2019. Most of the banned outfits have been fighting against the extremisms in that country. The government, however, has failed to ban the Sinhala outfits,” he said.
The Lankan government had on Saturday arrested MP Rishad Bathiudeen, leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Party, for allegedly harbouring a few Muslim outfit members, who were involved in Easter Sunday attacks.
Jawahirullah said the Easter Sunday attacks might have been plotted and executed with the help of hired goons for political gains. “The Lankan government has failed to trace the real accused. The banned Muslim outfits were not having any links with the attacks. Rishad Bathiudeen was wrongly framed by police. I condemn the Lankan government for the arrest of the MP and ban on the Muslim outfits.”
Referring to the Tamils residing in the east province area of Lanka, he said Mahinda Rajapaksa-led government had acquired their land forcibly. “The Sri Lankan forest department has also been trying to grab Tamil farmers’ land.”
He also called on the Union and state governments to condemn the Sri Lankan government for functioning against the minorities.