MADURAI: The Tamil Eelam Viduthalai Adharavalar Orunginaippu Kuzhu (Coordination Committee of Supporters of Freedom for Tamil Eelam) will forcibly take medicines and foodgrains to Jaffna for the benefit of Tamils in Sri Lanka from Rameswaram and Nagapattinam on September 12, its convenor P. Nedumaran said on Wednesday.
The foodgrains and medicines collected by the committee had begun to rot for want of permission from the Centre. The Indian Red Cross Society was supposed to transport the Rs.1-crore worth consignment, lying unutilised for the past seven months, to starving Tamils, he recalled.
Repeated requests made to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by the Indian Red Cross Society, former Union Minister George Fernandes, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Vaiko and Pattali Makkal Katchi leader S. Ramadoss fell on deaf ears, he lamented.
Hundreds of telegrams were sent to the Prime Minister and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi in May. The Centre showed much interest in sending radars to the Sri Lankan military, but failed to act on this issue, he said.
“Since the pleas were not heeded, we have organised the protest to express our anguish and condemn the Centre,” Mr. Nedumaran told a press conference.
Stating that the Centre and the State Government should have come forward to provide the assistance to the suffering Tamils, he said that they had failed to perform their humanitarian duty.