Jaya threatens agitation on Lankan Tamils issue

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 15:02

Chennai: Alleging "violation" of civil
liberties in Sri Lanka, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Tuesday asked
the Centre to "ensure life and dignity" of Tamils lodged in
various camps in the island nation and threatened to launch
a mass agitation if it failed to act immediately.

"The AIADMK and the people of Tamil Nadu, not to speak
of the millions of Tamil people scattered all over the globe,
expect the Indian government to raise its voice of protest,"
Jayalalithaa said in a statement here.

Claiming that civilian Tamils of Sri Lanka were
languishing in various refugee camps in "abominable
conditions", she said the Indian government was expected to
ensure their life and dignity.

The former chief minister said her party did not expect
the DMK government in the state to "even make a whimper", of
protest against the "atrocities".

The Tamils also expected India to raise the human
rights issue in international fora and bring global pressure
on Colombo "to treat its own people with dignity or face the
consequences", Jayalalithaa said.

"If the Government of India does not act immediately,
the AIADMK, along with like-minded political parties, will be
forced to launch a mass agitation to focus world vision on the
brutal civil liberties violations in Sri Lanka," she warned.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 15:02

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