Police arrested Tamil civil society leader Thavathiru Velan Swamigal over obstructing police duties during a protest in Jaffna. Hindu priest Velan Swamigal participated in protests on Sunday when President Ranil Wickeremesinghe visited Jaffna to mark Thai Pongal. Later Velan Swamigal has been released on bail about one lakh rupees.

The court asked him not to give statements to the media and not to interfere with police duty. The case is scheduled to be called again on January 31. (LankaXpress.com)