12 Tamil refugees lodged at a special camp inside the Trichy Central Prison who had been on fast-unto-death for the past five days, withdrew their protest yesterday after the jail authorities promised their early release from the prison.
8 out of the 12 prisoners started their fast protest last Wednesday (07th June) demanding that they be released from prison so as to live with their families. The Sri Lankan Tamil refugees had been arrested some time back for their attempt to run away and seek asylum in Australia and also in a few cases for their alleged connection with the Tamil Tigers.
They were granted bail but were arrested even as they were about to leave the prison premises and have been lodged inside a special camp at the prison premises. Thus, they have been isolated from their families. The refugees are complaining that they have been lodged illegally inside the camp as no case had been registered against them despite a lapse of more than a year.
They accused the police of arresting them on a wrong premise and demanded their immediate arrest. Their protest fast entered its fifth day yesterday when they were assured of their imminent release from the prison. Based on this assurance, the refugees withdrew their protest fast.