Comrade Manikasothi, the electoral agent in Jaffna for Common Left Candidate Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne has been arrested by police while distributing the election manifesto.
Com. Vickramabahu says that this is a clear demonstration of police repression directed against Left Front, whereas both candidates Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sarath Fonseka are allowed to carry on their publicity without hindrance.
This is the second time during the run up to the election where a representative of Dr. Vickramabahu was arrested by police in Jaffna.
Earlier, Dr Vickramabahu's representative Dharmasiri Lankapeli, the only Sinhala speaker addressing the gathering at LTTE leader V Prabhakaran's father's funeral was also arrested and later released due to local and international pressure.
The full statement by Comrade Vickramabahu on Thursday is given below
My election agent comrade Manikasothi was taken into custody by the Chunnakam police station for distributing my election manifesto.
The police Officer In Charge has given the lame excuse that the leaflet has not indicated the printer though Manikasothi has clearly indicated his name and address in the leaflet. Subsequently he was taken to jaffna hospital unnecessarily .
The JMO has refused to inspect as there was no complaint of assault or any other ailment. Then he was then taken to courts.
This is another example of police repression directed at us .
Both Mahinda and Sarath distribute leaflets freely as they want.