Protest in India against camps for Sri Lankan Tamils

24aug_tyramns01_25_2523081eNearly 800 workers of the Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi were arrested after they staged a protest in Tiruchi demanding the closure of special camps functioning across the State accommodating Sri Lankan Tamils, The Hindu newspaper reported.

Holding party flags, the functionaries headed by its founder T. Velmurugan assembled along the Tiruchi–Pudukottai national highway to lay siege to the Tiruchi special camp functioning inside the Central Prison premises.

Shouting slogans, the members led by Velmurugan marched towards the special camp to lay siege to the camp. However, the protesters were blocked by the police before they could near the prison entrance and taken into custody.

Velmurugan told presspersons that keeping the Sri Lankan Tamils in the special camps who had entered the country as refugees was “condemnable” and went against human rights.

The Union and State governments should deal this issue on a humanitarian basis and release them.

The Centre should arrange for special passports for the Sri Lankan Tamils accommodated in the camps to enable their departure abroad, he demanded. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. When Jayalalitha was in jail it was quite peaceful in this area. India should put her back in jail to stop these violent protests.

  2. It is time for India to give Indian Citizenship or PR for those refugees. It will be minimal compared to citizenship given in Sri Lanka to Indians during the last 60 years.

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