DMK plea for settling Sri Lankan Tamils problem

New Delhi: DMK on Thursday made an impassioned plea in the Lok Sabha for settling problems of Sri Lankan Tamils and urged the government to take steps in the global forum to bring all human rights violators to justice.

Initiating the discussion on steps taken by India for relief and rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils, DMK member TR Baalu described in detail the "atrocities" against ethnic Tamils in the island nation.

He lamented that the Government of India had not taken enough steps to protect the interests of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

"Indian Tamils felt that the mighty Government of India will come forward to see that the killings of Sri Lankan Tamils is stopped," Baalu said.

The DMK member said there were expectations that India would take action as it did in the case of the then East Pakistan by supporting Mukti Bahini.

Baalu accused the military and civilian leadership in the island nation of heaping atrocities on the ethnic Tamil population.

"Hospitals and schools were shelled, children were butchered, women were raped under the nose of a Gandhian state," he said.

On several occasions, Speaker Meira Kumar asked Baalu not to make any reference to the leadership of the neighbouring country.

"We have close and friendly relation with the neighbouring country. Please see that nothing affects out relations with other countries. You are a senior member," she said.