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Student protests intensify across Tamil Nadu in Sri Lankan Tamils row (update)

Chennai, Mar 14 (): Student protests have intensified across various districts of Tamil Nadu, over the Sri Lankan Tamils’ row, gathering intense heat and momentum.

The protesting college students have embarked on agitations, hunger strikes and signature campaigns to show their solidarity for the formation of Tamil Eelam and to demand India to vote against Sri Lanka at the ongoing UNHRC sessions in Geneva.

The students demand for an independent investigation into the alleged war crimes committed by Sri Lanka during the final years of its civil war with the tiger rebels.

Three students of Government Law College at Madurai, representing Students Federation for Freedom of Tamil Eelam launched a fast-unto-death protest in the college premises to press New Delhi to support the United States-backed resolution against Sri Lanka and to impose economic sanctions against Sri Lanka.

A section of the students of Madurai Kamaraj University observed a one-day fast demanding a separate Tamil Eelam and to declare Sri Lankan President Rajapakse as a war criminal. Madura College students in the city are reported to have boycotted their classes, pressing for a similar demand.

Meanwhile, five students of Alagappa University and Alagappa Government Arts and Science College at Karaikudi  have undertaken an indefinite fast that marks third day today. They were joined by three more students this morning, now totalling eight. Dr Ambedkar Government Law College students’ fast unto-death too enters third day today.

Alagappa University, Alagappa Engineering College and Arts College students stayed away from their classes in solidarity with the fasting students. More than 2000 students assembled at the fasting venue and raised slogans against Sri Lankan government. Popular film director Aameer met the fasting students and had expressed his support for them yesterday.

About 35-40 students of Ariyalur Govt Arts College have declared indefinite hunger strike demanding a separate Tamil Eelam for the Sri Lankan Tamils.

Though New Delhi voted against Sri Lanka at the last UNHRC sessions, mostly pressured by DMK, it has not clearly revealed its stand as of now; the External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had stated on March 8 that “India will not interfere in the internal matters of that country.”