Demanding the eviction of Sri Lankan airmen now undergoing training in the Indian Air Force Station at Bangalore, the Communist Party of India would stage a Statewide agitation on July 13, party’s deputy secretary C. Mahendran has said.
Addressing the reporters here on Monday, Mr. Mahendran said the Sri Lankan armed forces, which brutally murdered over 1.42 lakh Tamils within a year including 45,000 innocents at Mullivaaikaal alone, would employ its personnel who had undergone training at Bangalore only against the Tamils.
Hence, the Indian Government should stop the ongoing training at Bangalore and send the Sri Lankan airmen from the country immediately.
The Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Defence should take a policy decision that no military training would be given to the jawans of Sri Lankan armed forces as the new techniques taught here by India would be experimented only against Tamils of the island nation.
Mr. Mahendran dismissed Union Minister V. Narayanasamy’s assertion that the training was given as part of the SAARC agreement.
“The agreement reached between SAARC nations paves way for only regional cooperation in education, cultural exchange, trade etc. and not in the field of defence,” he said.
Instead, the Indian Government should initiate steps for conducting referendum, as it was done in South Sudan, Kosovo and Eastern Timor, in Sri Lanka also “as the country is involved in genocide or ethnic cleansing.”
The CPI leader came down heavily on DMK president’s announcement on the revival of TESO (Tamil Eelam Students’ Organisation).
“If he (Mr. Karunanidhi) is really concerned about Sri Lankan Tamils, he could have asked the Union Government, in which he is all powerful, to stop the merciless killing of 1.42 lakh Tamils within a year in Sri Lanka when he was the Chief Minister. Let him first clarify the reason behind not taking action to stop the genocide.”
Mr. Mahendran, while condemning the killing of Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam office-bearer Palani alias Palanisamy, said the inclusion of CPI MLA from Thalli, T. Ramachandran, in the First Information Report was purely based on speculations.
“We want the arrest of real culprits involved in the gruesome murder,” he said.
The CPI would soon launch an agitation against the selling of underweight fertilizer bags to farmers and demand a probe into the irregularity which was indirectly benefiting a few people in power.
CPI office-bearers R. Shanmugavel and S. Xavier were present.