Supports demand that Rajapaksa must stand trial for war crimes

Dal Khalsa, the radical Sikh organisation, on Thursday condemned the Sri Lankan government for its “cold-blooded murder” of Balachandran, the minor son of the slain LTTE leader, V. Prabakaran.

The organisation’s head, H.S. Dhami, in a statement said the Dal Khalsa supported the demand that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa must stand trial for war crimes. The organisation would approach the United Nations for an international investigation into human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the last phase of the civil war there.

“The pictures of the 12-year-old boy murdered in cold blood, published in newspapers, are evidence of the human rights violations in Sri Lanka. This is not a question of Tamil people but a question of a human being,” Mr. Dhami said.

Mr. Dhami said that while the western countries were ready to support the U.S.-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC to be tabled next month, New Delhi has maintained stoic silence on the issue. “India’s silence is not new. It has always maintained double standards on contentious issues and many times it had done somersaults.”

Mr. Dhami said India’s ‘inert reaction’ should be viewed in the backdrop of its own record of ‘gross human rights violations’ meted out to the Sikhs.

Hails Jayalalithaa

The Dal Khalsa chief hailed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for refusing to host the 20th Asian Athletics Championships in July, as participation by Sri Lankan players would hurt the feelings of Tamils.

“She is a bold lady, who had risen to the occasion earlier too, when under her leadership, the Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a resolution seeking commutation of death sentence to a life term for the assassins of the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi,” the statement concluded.