Speaking at a function in Chennai, The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalilitha broke her silence over the killing of 12 year old Balachandran, calling it an “inhuman act of extreme cruelty,” urging for those accountable to face international trial.
The evidence of the killing of Balachandran and systematic killing of other Tamils “reveals the mindset of the present government in Sri Lanka” she said.
Labelling the killing as a “ war crime of the gravest nature and an unforgivable act,” Jayalalithaa urged the Indian government and other nations to hold discussions with the other nations to prepare a resolution to be passed at the upcoming human rights session at the United Nations.
Recalling a Tamil Nadu resolution unanimously adopted in 2011, Jayalalithaa reiterated demands for an economic embargo on Sri Lanka until the Tamils in the country were fully rehabilitated with rights on par with the Sinhalese.
The Tamil Nadu opposition party chief, M Karunanidhi, also spoke out against the atrocities and criticised India’s stance on Sri Lanka, stating,
“While Western nations are supporting the US resolution, it is painful that India has not explained its stand. Its silence pains us. People in Tamil Nadu expect India to take forward the resolution”