A file picture of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at a function in Chennai. Photo: M. Vedhan.
|The HinduA file picture of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at a function in Chennai. Photo: M. Vedhan|
Describing the killing of Balachandran, the son of LTTE leader Prabakaran, “as the cold-blooded war crime of gravest nature and unforgivable act” Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday called upon India to work together with the United States and like-minded countries to ensure that those responsible were made to face an international trial.
Addressing a press meet here at the Secretariat, the Chief Minister said Balachandran, who was only 12 years old, was just a child. He had not committed any crime. He had been killed “simply because he happened to be the son of Prabakaran,” she said.
The Chief Minister likened the massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka with the Nazi destruction of Jews in Germany.
She reiterated that an economic embargo be imposed on Sri Lanka till the Tamils were rehabilitated honourably and given rights on par with Sinhalese. A resolution should be passed in the United Nations to this effect and India should take the initiative by collaborating with other countries. She recalled a resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly in 2011 on the issue.