Sri Lankan born Tamil poet and Norwegian citizen Shanmugampillai Jayapalan who was arrested by the Terrorist Investigative Division on Friday, will be deported by Sri Lankan immigration, the Government Information Department says.
Jayapalan was arrested in the Northern Province three days ago, while on a visit to his mother’s gravesite. Sri Lankan Police claim he was arrested for propagating extremist views and organising political seminars in violation of his tourist visa.
The authorities have accused the Tamil poet of inciting communal tensions in the former conflict zone. Activists are agitating for his release and their calls have been echoed by former Norwegian Peace Envoy to Sri Lanka Eric Solheim. Jayapalan was visiting Jaffna for the first time in seven years. Since he was unable to attend his mother’s funeral in November 2006 while the conflict was raging, Jayapalan is reported to have visited her gravesite near his ancestral home in Mankulam.