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Students taking part in anti-Lanka protests arrested, Kollywood to observe hunger strike on March 19

Chennai, Mar 18 (): A number of students taking part in anti-Lanka protests were arrested today in Chennai while they made an attempt to block Raj Bhavan demanding the centre to move a resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN’s human rights body meet later this month.

State-wide protest was observed by the students who also demanded a referendum in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-populated areas.  Sources said that DMK chief M Karunanidhi is likely to hold a discussion on Monday with Union ministers AK Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and P Chidambaram after the former threatened to break ties with the Union government terming that he was disappointed by the lukewarm response of the centre on the issue.

Karunanidhi demanded the central government to amend the proposed UN resolution to include the demand for an international probe and take appropriate action against those found responsible of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

For the seventh day, students of various colleges in Tamil Nadu including Coimbatore and Tirunelveli  joined the protest demanding  an independent probe against Colombo for alleged human rights violations  and also to move the International Court of Justice.

Police said that Chennai’s Dr Ambedkar Law College and students of IIT- Madras continued their hunger strike inside the college campus. Earlier,the city-based Loyola College students took a fast-unto-death last week on the issue and students from different parts of the State protested boycotting their classes.

Sources said that the sensational feeling in the state has increased after a private channel televised the alleged cold-blooded killing of slain LTTE chief V Prabakaran’s 12 year-old son, Balachandran.

Meanwhile, secretary of Tamil Nadu Directors Association and filmmaker, Ameer Sultan has announced to go on a hunger strike on March 19, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. against war crimes in Sri Lanka and requested the members of Tamil film industry to stop shooting on the day and join the movement. Sources said that members of Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI) and television artistes will also be taking part in the hunger strike on Tuesday, March 19.