Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to protect the rights of Sri Lankan Tamils, Union minister Pon. Radhakrishnan today said.
“Modi is committed to save the life and rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka,” Radhakrishnan, who was inducted as a Minister of State in the new government said.
Replying to a query on the opposition of Tamil parties to the invitation of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, he said the government is concerned about the problems of Tamils and there is no need to fear.
The police removed 21 Naam Tamilar Katchi members and 13 members of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi for staging protests against the visit of the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The police said that the Naam Tamilar Katchi cadre protested in front of the Bangalore-Ernakulam Express around 1 p.m. at Coimbatore Junction. Likewise, the police also removed the 13 VCK cadre who staged a protest at the North Coimbatore Railway Junction.
Earlier, Bharat Sena, Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, Tamilar Vazhvurimai Katchi, Kongu Ilaignar Peravai and Aam Aadmi Party members staged demonstrations in various parts of the city. Ku. Ramakrishnan, the State general secretary of the TPDK, said that the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders inviting Narendra Modi had hurt the Tamils, who were demanding that the Sri Lankan President be tried for war crimes in the International Court of Justice.
Mr. Rajapaksa had destroyed Tamil settlements, used air power against Tamils civilians and members of the Sri Lankan had sexually assaulted Tamil women, he alleged and said that the invitation had not gone down well with the Tamils.
The protesting AAP members demanded a credible international investigation into the alleged war crimes, wanted the Sri Lanka government to restore the status of Tamil as mentioned in the island country’s constitution, and wanted the Sri Lanka army moved out of the Tamil-dominated areas.
Staff Reporter from Tirupur adds:
In Tirupur, members of Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam staged a protest expressing their displeasure over the invitation extended to Mr. Rajapaksa for the swearing in ceremony of Mr. Modi.
Gandhiya Makkal Iyakkam members too staged an agitation on the same issue.
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s district unit passed a resolution on the day condemning the invitation given to the Lankan President.
Special Correspondent from Udhagamandalam adds:
Demonstrations to condemn the visit of Mr. Rajapaksa to India were also held in some parts of Udhagamandalam.According to the police demonstrations were held at Gudalur and Kotagiri by the members of the Viduthalai Chirithai Katchi and Naam Tamilar Katchi. They raised slogans against Mr. Rajapaksa. However, no one was arrested.