Vaiko arrested

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MDMK Chief Vaiko has been arrested by Chennai Police after he attempted to lay siege on the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission today.  Mr Vaiko, who led several pro-Tamil groups, was protesting against alleged war crimes and human rights violations committed by the Sri Lankan government against Tamil civilians there.

The MDMK chief is demanding that New Delhi should vote against Colombo during the US-sponsored motion at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) later this month. He has also demanded for an international probe to be initiated against the Lankan government on charges of war crimes.

Mr Vaiko is joined by political parties in Tamil Nadu, including the Karunanidhi-led DMK, who have been pressing for India to vote against Sri Lanka at the United Nations forum. They allege that ethnic Tamils in the island nation were subjected to atrocities by Sri Lankan forces during the final phase of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

In fact, the DMK, in a strong statement in the Rajya Sabha last week, had asked the central government it participates in to decide whether it wanted to be friends with Sri Lanka or then "with your brethren" in south India. DMK is the second-biggest constituent of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.

External Minister Salman Khurshid had said in Rajya Sabha that while the government shared the concern of the parties from Tamil Nadu, India would not intervene directly in Sri Lanka's sovereign affairs. The minister had said that "accountability must come from within Sri Lanka", but remained evasive on the position New Delhi will take at the UN on a resolution against Colombo.

India had supported the US motion last year and this time the international body would review how much Sri Lanka has implemented recommendations of its lessons learnt and reconciliation commission.

Rights groups say up to 40,000 civilians were killed by security forces in the final months of a no-holds-barred offensive in 2009 that ended Sri Lanka's decades-long fight against Tamil separatists.

Sri Lanka has denied causing the civilian deaths. (NDTV)
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  • Play Boy Monday, 04 March 2013 09:41 AM

    This is not a new deal for Vaiko..:p

    Mohamed Tuesday, 05 March 2013 12:00 AM

    how many time he was got arrested. via DM Android App

    W.A.Ranganatha Monday, 04 March 2013 09:46 AM

    edfdfdf

    Karunka Monday, 04 March 2013 09:56 AM

    Hello Ranjith,
    All are jokers, you are the top intelligent man on the planet.

    Lankan Monday, 04 March 2013 09:59 AM

    All the jails In Indian they have prepared fully furnished rooms for Mr. vaiko. time to time he will go there and take rest then come out. This is the facility Tamil Nadu government given to Mr. Vaiko

    justice Monday, 04 March 2013 12:00 AM

    he will very soon hold the Guinness world record for getting arrested the most times via DM Android App

    sacramentum Tuesday, 05 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Oh, you pathetic bunch of Tamil terrorists.... via DM iPad app

    Fayad Monday, 04 March 2013 10:30 AM

    Indian clown why not go for Eelam in Chennai ?

    Imran Wednesday, 06 March 2013 02:23 AM

    Jail is his guest house. need to visit often.

    Nodrog Monday, 04 March 2013 10:47 AM

    All he's doing is keeping the animosity alive. He should concentrate on his own countrymen....they need help more than the tamils here.

    GLADSOME Monday, 04 March 2013 10:48 AM

    Very soon it will happen

    Ranjit Monday, 04 March 2013 08:50 AM

    He is a joker like Mervin and Wimal in SL. Very soon they will release him.

    IHM Monday, 04 March 2013 09:04 AM

    Mad Bulls

    Perera Monday, 04 March 2013 09:01 AM

    This is usual -
    Perera

    tomsamusa Monday, 04 March 2013 09:14 AM

    Eelam Tamils are indebted to you for your selfless sacrifice.

    Thanks fellow Tamil.; Truth will prevail.

    Saskia Monday, 04 March 2013 09:14 AM

    But, he keeps this war crime issue alive and he spreads this issue to all citizens of India, also outside TN. This is very important. Not only TN people but also other Indian citizens should know what happened and what is happening to the Tamils in SL. This will sure reflect in New Delhi.

    OMG Monday, 04 March 2013 09:22 AM

    Political show.

    He will be eating lemon puff and will be out in a day.


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