Tamil Nadu activists refused permission to meet Lankans

Activists of a political party in Tamil Nadu have been refused permission to meet Sri Lankan refugees at a refugee camp.

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) partymen in India are disenchanted with the police in the district after they were reportedly denied permission on Wednesday to meet Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in the settlement in Bhavani Sagar, The Hindu newspaper reported.

Party functionaries led by its State deputy general secretary Vanniarasu had gone to meet the refugees on behalf of VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan but they were not only denied permission, but also detained for about an hour.

Irked by unfair treatment at a local sports event, unidentified persons in the refugee camp had torn posters of some politicians, triggering a demand from the political parties for shifting of the refugee camp out of Bhavani Sagar.

The VCK only intended to interact with the refugees to know the facts, said zonal organising secretary of VCK, Vinayagamoorthy.

There was no rule as such that the people in refugee camp must be kept in isolation. No such situation prevails in the refugee camps in other districts, Vinayagamoorthy said.