Monday, March 4, 2013

Thevar Peravai activists protest against ‘war crimes’ in Sri Lanka

Centre criticised for adopting a ‘friendly’ attitude towards the island nation

Members of Tami Nadu Thevar Peravai carrying a banner during their protest at Tiruchi Railway Junction on Sunday accusing Sri Lanka of committing 'war crimes'

About 55 members of the Tamil Nadu Thevar Peravai were arrested after they attempted to stage a “rail roko” at Tiruchi Junction on Sunday condemning Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the alleged war crimes against Tamils in the island nation.

Led by the Peravai State general secretary M. Muthaiah Thevar, peravai members carrying their organisation flags marched towards the railway station raising slogans when they were all held by the police near the VIP entrance. They condemned the killing of Balachandran, younger son of slain LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, and criticised the Centre for being friendly with Sri Lanka. They demanded that India vote against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC.

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