COLOMBO: The police and army have denied reports that Sri Lankan-born Tamil Canadian Parliamentarian, Rathika Sitsabaiesan was placed under house arrest since last night in Jaffna where she is currently on a fact-finding mission.
Earlier Jaffna media reports indicated that no one was allowed to meet the MP last night at the hotel she was staying.
However senior police DIG of the Northern Province Pujith Jayasundara and the army, both denied reports that Sitsabaiesan was under house arrest.
The Immigration and Emigration department said that Sitsabaiesan is in Sri Lanka on a tourist visa and has so far not violated her visa regulations.
Head of investigations at the Immigration and Emigration department Amit Perera said that they have not been informed to confiscate the passport of the MP or detain her.
The Terrorist Investigations Department also denied that its officers had surrounded her hotel in Jaffna last night.
Earlier the Canadian MP, who has been very critical of the Sri Lankan Government, had met displaced families in Vallikamam North.
On Sunday she had visited Mannar while on Monday she had meetings in Kilinochchi and Jaffna.
The Scarborough Rouge River MP had also met Tamil National Alliance members in the North to gather information on the current situation.
Among those she met was Tamil National Alliance provincial council member and human rights activist Anandi Sasitharan.
Sasitharan told the Colombo Gazette on Monday that she briefed the Canadian MP on women’s issues and human rights violations taking place in the North.
She also said that Sitsabaiesan was briefed on disappearances which took place in the North. (Courtesy Colombo Gazette)