KUALA LUMPUR: All they want for Deepavali is for their husbands to come back home.
For the wives of Sosma detainees S. Chandru, V. Suresh Kumar and Gadek assemblyman G.Saminathan, this year's holiday would be a solemn one.
"We've been told that the police could arrange a meet up for us on Monday (Oct 28) in conjunction with the holidays. But that's just going to be around 30 minutes.
"How much longer can I lie to my own children, telling them that their father is away on a business trip.
"Sooner or later they will ask me why is he still not back," said Saminathan's wife Umar Devi.
Umar Devi, who was met outside Bukit Aman on Thursday (Oct 24), had been staging sit-ins in front of the police headquarters with the two other women.
The trio had been coming back to Bukit Aman on a daily basis since Monday (Oct 21).
When asked on why they held the sit-ins, the group said that they couldn't bear staying at home without any news and would rather just wait outside here.
They also pleaded with the authorities to let their husbands have their day in court.
"If there is an offence committed, please just bring them to court. Charge them and let their lawyers proceed.
"We have cooperated with the police since day one. This is akin to having the punishment before the verdict," said an emotional Umar Devi.
To date, the police have detained 12 people for suspected links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Previously, Inspector-General of police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador had asked family members of the detainees for their patience.
He also gave his assurance that all detainees were being taken care of.
"I sympathise with the families as Deepavali is approaching. But we had to act, in the interest and for security (of our country). For the families who are unhappy, please bear with us.
"Rest assured, the detainees are well taken care of and we will allow them rights that are within the confines of the law. Their families can visit. We will allow them," he had said previously.
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