AIADMK Demands International Probe Against DMK, Congress For War Crimes

The AIADMK revived an old political issue when it brought up the 2009 war against the LTTE

Salem/Chennai: 

Chief Minister K Palaniswami Tuesday demanded an international probe against DMK and ally Congress for “war crimes” against Tamils in the 2009 Sri Lankan civil conflict when UPA was in power, as the ruling AIADMK staged a state-wide protest over the issue.

Addressing a protest meeting in his native Salem district, K Palaniswami said the party wanted to draw the attention of the union government and global nations about the ‘betrayal’ of Tamils by DMK and Congress.

Reviving an old political issue, AIAMDK had last week announced the protest in the backdrop of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent remarks that that the Indian government helped his country during the final war against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009.

Mr Palaniswami alleged the Sri Lankan Tamils, believing the word of then Chief Minister M Karunanidhi that the war had ended after his three hour fast here for their cause, had come out of hiding only to be killed by Lankan soldiers, leading to a ‘genocide’.

“There is a strong case against DMK and Congress for an international inquiry into this heinous crime and also human rights violations… the meeting is to highlight to the people, the real faces of the two parties,” he said. The ‘truth’ came out after Rajapaksa’s recent comments “about the actual position,” he said.

Ministers and senior party leaders participated in public…

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