Ottawa must stop making allegations that some illegal Tamil immigrants may have terrorist links and instead produce evidence, the Canadian Tamil Congress said yesterday.

Authorities need to “get down to the bottom” of who was really among the almost 500 Tamils who arrived in British Columbia by boat last month, said spokesman David Poopalapillai.

“If they have enough evidence against anybody involved in illegal activities, let’s go after them, and work with our law enforcement officials and put them in front of our laws,” he said.

Poopalapillai’s words followed comments by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who said yesterday that Ottawa must check whether all refugee claimants have ties to terrorist organizations when there is “reasonable suspicion of involvement.”

“That’s not a prejudgement on any particular person who came on that vessel,” Kenney added.