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‘Separate Eelam only solution for peaceful settlement’

Expressing solidarity:Voicing their concern over Sri Lankan Tamil issue, students of Government Arts College blocked Cherry Road in Salem on Wednesday.-PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM
Expressing solidarity:Voicing their concern over Sri Lankan Tamil issue, students of Government Arts College blocked Cherry Road in Salem on Wednesday.-PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM

Demanding separate Eelam for Tamil people living in Sri Lanka and condemning the attack on students protesting in Trichy over the same issue, about 50 students of Government Arts College here boycotted their classes and staged a roadblock on Wednesday.

They said that students in Trichy were protesting for a cause and alleged that attack on them is unacceptable.

“Action should be taken against the attackers,” they added.

Students said that separate Eelam was the only solution for the peaceful settlement of Tamils in the island nation who were still suffering though the war was over four years ago.

“At any cost, Tamil people should not suffer and they should be given equal rights in the nation,” they added.

They said that the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa should be tried at the International Court of Justice for war crimes and punishment should be given.

Senior police officials arrived at the spot and held talks with the students and pacified them. Later they withdrew their protest.

Traffic was disrupted for over 10 minutes and police personnel were posted in large numbers to prevent untoward incidents.

All the colleges that were opened after two weeks of closure in the district functioned normally as no protest or class boycott was reported from anywhere.

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