India_thkrishnan-kkIndia should press for an independent enquiry into the alleged human rights violations by Sri Lankan armed forces during the war against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, at the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva next month, said G. Ramakrishnan, State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Mr. Ramakrishnan told reporters here on Thursday that around “40,000 innocent Tamils were killed” towards the end of the war. Media report on the murder of the LTTE chief Prabhakaran’s 12-year-old son Balachandran exposed the worst human rights violation by Sri Lanka, he alleged.

India should move a resolution in the UNHR council meeting for an independent probe into such human rights violations in the island nation.

Recalling the promises made by Sri Lankan Government on devolution of powers to Sri Lankan Tamils, he said India should press for providing equal rights and autonomy to Sri Lankan Tamils.

On the drought relief announced by the State Government, Mr. Ramakrishnan said that the relief should not be confined only to farmers who have lost at least 50 per cent of their crops, but also to lakh of farmhands who have been rendered jobless, owing to the drought situation.

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