Special Correspondent

MADURAI: Film directors Ameer and Seeman, who were arrested by the ‘Q’ Branch CID police on charges of sedition, were released from the Central Prison here on Friday. The release follows an order passed by a Ramanathapuram Fast Track Court on Wednesday.

The directors, arrested for their speech at a meeting organised by the film industry in Rameswaram on October 19 in protest against the killing of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka, were received at the prison gates with bursting of fire crackers by their colleagues, led by Bharathiraja, and hundreds of supporters. They were enlarged on bail on condition that they should present themselves before the Judicial Magistrate – I, Madurai, at 10.30 a.m. daily. They should also surrender their passports and appear before the police whenever required.

Film directors, who addressed a press conference at a nearby cinema hall after the release, urged the Union and State governments to “stop the war” in Sri Lanka. India, they said, should not render any kind of military assistance to the island nation. The Central government should initiate steps to distribute humanitarian aid sent from India to Sri Lanka through the International Red Cross.

The movement initiated by the film world against the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka would continue till “the war” came to an end, said Bharathiraja.

“We are not extremists. We are not for separation. The agitation is for the cause of fraternal love. Wherever Tamils are affected, we will raise our voice,” he said. His fellow directors, who echoed his sentiments, said a person could have any political affiliation but he should realise that he was a Tamil first. Those who participated in a reception organised for Ameer and Seeman at the cinema hall included Balu Mahendra, K. Bhagyaraj, R. K. Selvamani, Vadivel and Cheran.

Though the Ramanathapuram court had given conditional bail on Wednesday the directors were released only on Friday.