Recommencement of the police registration for the Tamils in the city of Colombo is pure discriminatory. We are certain that it is only the Tamils who are instructed to register though the Colombo range DIG and Wellawatta OIC strive to portray this process as nation wide process.
This is being conducted only in the city divisions where Tamils live in sizable numbers.
Please intervene to stop this discriminatory act which is flatly against the sprit of reconciliation said Mano Ganesan, leader of Democratic Peoples Front in his urgent letter to the president.
Tamil civilians living in the Wellawatta police division are asked to register themselves at the police station by providing individual details to the police. Police officers made relevant announcements through public address systems in Wellawatta police division area last week.
Tamils faced miseries due to such blanket registration processes during the war. Though there were reservations due to the harsh conditions, we also understood the rationale for such exercise during the war. But it appears now that end of war has not brought end to the miseries of the Tamils.
Police is free to identify any lawbreaker for arrest and investigation. But we cannot accept identifying Tamil citizens for blanket registration anymore. Most of the information required by the police are private and confidential. No self respecting citizen would be prepared share such with the authorities under normal conditions.
Police officers on enquiry tried to describe this process as collection of information of the citizens by the state. We believe that the department of statistics is the right agency to collect such information in a more civilized and professional manner by in a nationwide process.
Please do not involve police which will be counter productive. I as the leader of DPF await your response and immediate intervention.