Tamil Nadu leaders seek Indian intervention in Sri Lanka

September 23rd, 2008 - 9:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Sep 23 (IANS) Tamil Nadu political leaders K. Veeramani and Thol Thirumavalavan courted arrest along with over 300 supporters here Tuesday to demand India’s intervention in Sri Lanka.”The (central government) should immediately intervene in the Tamils’ issue in Sri Lanka and desist from assisting the Sinhala regime in Colombo in its military misadventure,” Dravida Kazhagam leader Veeramani told reporters before being arrested.

“It is a matter of national shame that some defence personnel from our (country) were found assisting Sri Lanka’s military establishment a few days’ ago,” added Thirumavalavan, who heads the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi.

His reference was to the injuries two Indian radar technicians suffered when the LTTE executed a pre-dawn land and air attack on a Sri Lankan military base in the island’s north this month.

The two led a protest march from the Dravida Kazhagam headquarters to the main rail terminal in Chennai in an attempt to block traffic but were arrested enroute, police sources said.

All those arrested were later released, official sources added.

Both the outfits claim to provide “moral support” to the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka has left over 75,000 people dead since 1983.

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