Rain postpones DMK’s human chain event to protest Sri Lanka killings

October 21st, 2008 - 2:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghChennai, Oct 21 (IANS) Heavy rains in Tamil Nadu Tuesday forced the closure of schools and colleges and led to postponement of a human chain event planned by the ruling DMK to protest the alleged killings of minority Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka.The human chain event will now be held Oct 24, an official statement said.

The met department has predicted incessant rain in Tamil Nadu for the next two days.

Many parts of the state are waterlogged due to rain.

All the 16 Lok Sabha MPs of the DMK and four of its Rajya Sabha members handed in their resignations to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi last week over the issue.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had underlined the need to eschew violence and end attacks on Tamil civilians in the war-torn island during a series of interactions with the Sri Lankan government. Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee is slated to visit Colombo to hold talks on the matter. The dates have not been finalised.

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