The Northern Provincial Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran told media that the government is engaged in a role of a drama with regard to the LTTE detainees.
Prison Commissioner General Rohana Pushpakumara said that a group of 71 prisoners of Pallekele, Dumbara Prison and Colombo Magazine Prison have launched a hunger strike and are demanding authorities to commute their death penalty.
The detainees have written their plea to the Prison Commissioner General last Saturday. Prison Commissioner General said that he would forward the letter to the President and Prime Minister.
Earlier the same LTTE detainees launched a six-day hunger strike over the same demand but they temporarily suspended the strike after the government pledged them to settle the matter without delay.
Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakse told the media recently that LTTE detainees were released on two occasions but all of their demands cannot be fulfilled.
Meanwhile Pivituru Hela Urumaya leader Udaya Gammanpila told a media conference held in Colombo today that the government has betrayed the nation by releasing LTTE suspects.
At the same time, Northern Provincial Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran told the media that the government does not release any information with regard to the actions taken by the government in connection with the LTTE suspects.