Call for independent international body to probe war crimes

Dravida Munnetta Kazagham (DMK) councillors staged a walkout from the municipal council meeting here on Thursday.

They urged the State government to mount pressure on the Centre to constitute an independent international body to probe war crimes during the last phase of war in Sri Lanka and to ensure that rehabilitation measures of the Tamils were carried out in the island nation.

Earlier in the meeting, councillors Seenu, T.R.Selvam and Simon Raj, the vice-chairman, asked the chairperson M. Meena Dev to give the plan diagram and details of the under ground drainage system being implemented in the town. Municipal engineer George replied that the government allotted Rs. 76 crore for the project and 18 wards would be covered fully and 17 wards partially. The works were going on in full swing.

Councillor Perumal Pillai asked the chairperson about steps taken to tackle water scarcity during summer. She said that steps had been taken to sink borewells in different areas of the town, apart from distributing potable water through tankers.

Councillor Rajendaran brought to the notice of the chairperson the sorry state of municipal office as damaged vehicles and garbage were dumped within the premises. The bad smell emanating from the waste was causing hardship to the employees as well the public who visited the office, he said. Mr. George told the councillor that immediate steps would be taken to remove the damaged vehicles and garbage.