Killing of Prabhakaran's son sufficient evidence: Karunanidhi

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:40 hrs

Chennai, Feb 20 (IANS) DMK chief M. Karunanidhi Wednesday said the world or the United Nations need not go anywhere in search of evidence to "prove Sinhalese chauvinism and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa a war criminal".

"There is no need for a separate enquiry," he said in a statement.

Karunanidhi said the alleged cold-blooded killing of Balachandran Prabhakaran, "a tender leaf" and the 12-year-old son of the late Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, was "sufficient" evidence of alleged war crimes committed in the island nation.

"There is no record of such gruesome killing in any country in the world... The world is surely going to raise its voice against the Sri Lankan government," he said.

"The Sri Lankan army shot dead the boy at a distance of three feet while claiming he was killed in a crossfire," he alleged.

"The US is sponsoring a resolution against Sri Lanka next month in the UN Human Rights Council. While the western nations are supporting it, it is painful to note that India has not explained its stance. India should not try to save Sri Lanka and this is what people of Tamil Nadu wish," he said.

The statement comes a day after a section of the media carried photos of Balachandran seated in a Sri Lankan military bunker just before he was killed allegedly at close range.

The photos are part of a film, "No Fire Zone", which seeks to document rights abuses during the final phase of Sri Lanka's civil war when the military crushed the Tamil Tigers in May 2009.

Sri Lanka has denied that Prabhakaran's son was killed in cold blood, and maintained that he died in a crossfire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

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