Colombo Telegraph

Frontline Socialist Party Leaders Arrested Over Kumar Gunaratnam Protest Incident

Two Members of the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) Pubudu Jayagoda and Sujith Kuruwita were arrested today for forcibly entering and damaging the Department of Immigration and Emigration on April 1, 2016, during a protest demanding for the release of Kumar Gunaratnam, the party’s leader.

The members, including Jayagoda, who is the secretary of the FSP was arrested when they arrived at the police to give a statement in connection to the protest.

On April 1, a group of supporters of Kumar Gunaratnam, leader of the Frontline Socialists Party entered the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Colombo by force, damaging property while protesting against the sentencing of Gunaratnam, who violated the country’s immigration laws.

The protestors, including members of the Frontline Socialist Party, as well as university students, clashed with the police opposite the department, before making their way forcibly into the department, demanding Gunaratnam’s immediate release.

Gunaratnam was sentenced to one year imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 50,000 for violating immigration laws, after he overstayed his one month tourist visa.

Meanwhile, Jagoda and Kuruwita who were arrested this morning were released on bail.

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