The lax being exhibited by the Centre in dealing with the island nation has emboldened Lanka to attack Indian fishermen, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State president Pon. Radhakrishnan has said.
Addressing the media here on Saturday after winding up the two-day state executive meet of the party Mr. Radhakrishnan pointed out that despite the several attacks on Indian fishermen by the Lankan armed forces, there has been no concrete measures on the part of the Centre to stem the tide.
Sri Lanka was not heeding any caution by the Government of India and the Tamil fishermen continue to be harassed on the high seas, the BJP leader noted. “We fear that Sri Lankan is not taking us seriously,’’ he said.
The Centre must take the situation as a challenge since it had the responsibility to ensure the well being and dignity of the Tamils in the island nation.
Declaring that the BJP would continue to fight for the cause of oppressed Sri Lankan Tamils, Mr. Radhakrishnan said that India must bring forward resolutions at appropriate forums condemning the war crimes and atrocities committed against the Tamils there. Instead we see the spectacle of the United States sponsoring the resolution at the UNHCR and India discussing the response to that. “Take all efforts to bring the war criminals to book,’’ he urged the Centre.
Mr. Radhakrishnan condemned the reported threat of Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda to organize a protest demonstration on Indian soil, assailing him that a “person with a criminal record and who is being wanted in India’’ was being allowed to visit the country and accorded government reception. That was why he was talking of organising a demonstration against India, he noted.(The Hindu)