Colombo/Chennai, Feb 20 (TruthDive): Balachandran Prabhakaran, the 12-year-old son of slain Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Prabhakaran was killed in cold blood by the genocidal Sri Lankan armed forces in May 2009 while in custody, according to Channel 4. This is contradictory to Lankan authorities’ claim that the boy was killed in cross-fire.
The fresh photographic evidences are part of a new documentary, titled “No War Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka,” that is to be screened in Geneva where the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is scheduled to meet in March this year. The film’s director, Callum Macrae states,” The new photographs are particularly important evidences because they prove that Balachandran was not killed in crossfire, or in a battle and that his death was deliberate and calculated,” as reported in The Hindu.
One photograph of Balachandran Prabhakaran shows him eating snack in a bunker while in military custody. The boy was then shot dead at close range after a few hours and pictured using the same camera, his chest riddled with bullets, alleges Channel 4. The young boy’s photographs with his chest showing a series of bullet wounds were released in a documentary released last year by Channel 4.
A forensic pathologist, who inspected the later images for the film-maker said, Balachandran Prabhakaran was shot five times in the chest.
However, the Sri Lankan government has termed the allegation as ‘diabolical and half-truth’ ; the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Delhi told NDTV that Sri Lankan forces never targeted civilians and that the new photos are designed to embarrass Sri Lanka ahead of the session of the UN’s top human rights body.
In Tamil Nadu, various political parties are outraged at the new evidences of human rights violations by Sri Lanka. Responding to the new photos of the LTTE chief’s son, DMK spokesperson Ilangovan said, ” This is yet more proof that President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a war criminal.”
DMDK leader Vijayakant said India should give up its usual pro-Sri Lanka stand and uphold justice.
CPI (M) state secretary G. Ramakrishnan said, that the barbaric killing of a child bears testimony to the gravity of the human rights violations of the Sri Lankan government and its army. Those responsible for the crime, those who abetted it and those who suppressed it should be severely punished.
MDMK general secretary Vaiko said the killing of Balachandran and five other LTTE cadres was a calculated murder and added that Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers should face an international trial on their role in the murder.