Removal of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth will be a fitting lesson for the island nation for its human rights violations, said Vaiko, general secretary, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), here on Friday.

Speaking at a function held in connection with the inauguration of Mullivaikkal Memorial, a monument raised in memory of those who had sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tamils at Vilar, Mr.Vaiko said that the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) should not be held in Sri Lanka. If held, no representative from India should attend the meeting, he said.

He said that the memorial was built to remind people of the history of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Evidence of the historical struggle of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka had been destroyed by the Lankan government.

“But the memorial here, with sculptures of Tamils who had lost their lives in the Mullivaikkal fight in 2009 in Sri Lanka, would remain for ever,” Mr.Vaiko said.

Mr. Vaiko distributed Rs. 10,000 each, provided by the Ulaga Tamizhar Peramaippu , to the kin of 20 youth who died for the Eelam cause.

C.Mahendran, State deputy secretary, Communist Party of India, said that the Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue had now become a global issue as many countries in the world had taken it up. P.Nedumaran, president, Ulaga Tamizhar Peramaippu, presided over the meeting.