JVP calls India `cunning protector` of Tamils

Sri Lanka`s Marxist JVP party on Sunday charged India with playing the role of a "cunning protector" of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2012, 21:05 PM IST

Colombo: Sri Lanka`s Marxist JVP party on Sunday
charged India with playing the role of a "cunning protector"
of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka and exploiting opportunities in this
country`s war-ravaged areas for its own advantage by
undertaking various developmental projects.

"Tamils must understand the role of the cunning protector
played by India," Tilwin Silva, JVP`s General Secretary, told
reporters here.

Referring to many projects undertaken by India in Sri
Lanka`s current post-conflict phase, Silva accused New Delhi
of exploiting the opportunities in Sri Lanka for its own
advantage.

India has been funding projects for rehabilitation,
resettlement and well-being of the war displaced. It also
provides livelihood generation assistance in addition to
infrastructure development in both the northeast and the south
of the island.

The JVP was harsh on the Sampur coal power project
undertaken by India jointly with Sri Lanka.
"They have plundered Sampur land and sent people into
displaced camps. The Indians come and plunder our fishing
resources," Silva charged.

Fishermen of both countries often face accusations of
straying into international waters and poaching.
Silva also accused Indians of employing their own labour
in projects undertaken in the north and east. "They are
denying the employment opportunities available to Tamils."

PTI