Lanka Tamil leader says Muslims' rights being abused, demands international probe
Colombo | Jagran News Desk: A top Tamil leader in Sri Lanka has said that Muslim rights in the country are being abused in the aftermath of the Easter bombings and have demanded an international investigation in it.
The former Chief Minister of Sri Lanka Tamil-dominated Northern Province on Sunday said that the fundamental rights of the Muslims are being abused in the country.
Muslims constitute nine per cent of the total population in Sri Lanka.
After the attacks, some Muslim politicians representing the government came under criticism for their alleged support extended to the rising militancy.
"Muslims are a part of the Sri Lankan community, they are being subjected to injustice in violation of the country's Constitution," said Wigneswaran in Jaffna, once the hotbed of the over three-decade-long conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
A large number of Muslims have been arrested by the anti-terror agencies for questioning along with those having links to the banned National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ).
Wigneswaran expressed solidarity with the Muslim ministers who resigned last week and claimed that the government had failed to ensure the safety of the minority community in the country.
Nine Muslim ministers holding top positions in the Sri Lankan government resigned last week to allow authorities to investigate allegations against some of them on links to the NTJ.
"Charges against Muslim politicians have not been proved. The government must take responsibility for their resignations," Wigneswaran said.
There are 19 Muslims among the 225-member Parliament and nine of them held Cabinet, state and deputy ministerial positions.
Following the attacks on three Catholic churches and three luxury hotels by the NTJ with possible links to the Islamic State terror group, there were widespread attacks on the Muslim community.
The majority Sinhala community mobs attacked Muslim-owned properties in towns north of Colombo, killing one Muslim man and leaving hundreds of homes, shops and mosques vandalised.
(with agency inputs)
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