The Sri Lankan police arrested Ponnambalam Luxmkanthan, a senior aide to  TNA Jaffna District MP S. Sridaran, at the Bandaranaike International Airport,  as he was about to board a flight for India. The police searched the TNA office in the afternoon of January  12 after arrestung two persons, including a TNA activist allegedly supplying  ‘low’ explosives for fishing purposes. The police arrested them at Gurunagar on  the night of January 11 while they were travelling in a three wheeler. The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) would shortly question MP Sridaran  regarding the recovery of ‘low’ explosives and a stock of pornographic material  from his office. Asked whether Ponnambalam had recently met MP Sridaran, the  official said that the suspect had been in touch with the politician. In fact,  at the time, the police had searched the TNA office, Ponnambalam, too, was  present along with Arunasalam Velamahaligithan, the office administrator, who  functions as the TNA organizer for Kilinochchi.The official said that the police  recorded Ponnambalam’s statement following the search, though he was not  detained. According to him, the investigators had subsequently wanted to take  Ponnambalam into custody. As he couldn’t be found, the police alerted the staff  at the BIA of a possible attempt by the suspect to flee the country.  ]]>

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