Lankan issue raised at Rajya Sabha

The Sri Lankan issue was raised at the Rajya Sabha in India today with Tamil political parties urging the Indian government to support a US-based resolution at the UNHRC, the Press Trust of India reported.

The DMK and AIADMK said India should back the resolution and condem the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka and institution of an independent inquiry.

DMK member Tiruchi Siva said students in Tamil Nadu are agitating and the the state of Tamil Nadu is burning over the issue.

The Government of India, he said, should support the UN resolution condemning war crimes and demanding institution of an independent inquiry.

He asked the government to spell out the stand it will take in Geneva.

V Maitreyan (AIADMK) said students will intensify their agitation after March 22 and the government should strengthen the US resolution by condemning the genocide.

Minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajiv Shukla said the government was equally concerned about the student agitation in Tamil Nadu and added that he will convey feelings of the House to the external affairs minister.