The TNA, the Tamil People’s Council under the leadership of C.V. Wigneshwaran and 19 other Tamil parties and 50 civil society organizations have expressed their support for the harthal.
Shops in Vavuniya, Jaffna, Mannar, Killinochchi and Mulaithivu have been closed in support of the harthal.
According to our correspondent, all private busses operating throughout the Northern province have stopped operating.
Although the government had on many occasions promised to release the political prisoners, its failure to do so until today is a cause for regret, said TNA MP Shivashakthi Ananthan.
He said the government should take immediate measures to release these political prisoners.