MDMK Chief Vaiko has been arrested by Chennai Police after he attempted to lay siege to the Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka today. Mr Vaiko led several pro-Tamil groups, protesting that the Sri Lankan government committed crimes and human rights violations against Tamil civilians.
The MDMK chief is demanding that India should vote against Sri Lanka during the US-sponsored motion at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) this month. He is also demanding for an international probe to be initiated against Sri Lankan on war crimes charges.
Mr Vaiko was joined by political parties from Tamil Nadu, including the Karunanidhi-led DMK, who have been pressing for India to vote against Sri Lanka at the United Nations. They allege that Tamils in Sri Lanka were subjected to atrocities by Sri Lankan forces during the final phase of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The DMK, in the Rajya Sabha last week, asked the central government to decide whether it wanted to be friends with Sri Lanka or “with your brethren” in South India. DMK is the second-biggest constituent of the Congress-led UPA government.
External Minister Salman Khurshid said in the Rajya Sabha that while the government shared the concern of the parties from Tamil Nadu, India would not intervene directly in Sri Lanka’s sovereign affairs. The minister had said that “accountability must come from within Sri Lanka”, but remained evasive on the position New Delhi will take at the UN on a resolution against Colombo. (NDTV)