The visit by an official from the Ministry of External Affairs to Sri Lanka will be pointless unless the situation is assessed as demanded by the Tamils, the Bharatiya Janata Party said on Monday. BJP State president Pon. Radhakrishnan told reporters here that there were conflicting reports about the fate of people who had left the camps. He had heard that they were merely shifted to another camp.
Most men were still being held by the Sri Lankan Army while the women were forced to do manual labour. Children were not attending school as most educational institutions in the area were not functional.
The MEA official should visit the camps and villages where Sri Lankan government claimed rehabilitation had taken place, and enumerate and tally the internally displaced people.
He wanted the Centre to clarify who had mooted the idea of an envoy.