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Tamil film fraternity stages fast over Sri Lankan Tamils issue

Chennai, Apr 2 (ANI): Actors and other representatives of the Tamil film industry began a day-long fast here on Tuesday demanding the rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils and an international probe into the alleged war crimes.

Prominent film personalities of Kollywood, including South Indian Film Artistes’ Association president R. Sarath Kumar, Ajith Kumar and Surya, are part of the agitation.

Superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan are also expected to join a day-long hunger strike to show solidarity with Lankan Tamils.

The Tamil Nadu assembly had earlier adopted a resolution, moved by Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, urging the Centre to take firm steps against Colombo till the “suppression” of Tamils was stopped and those responsible for “genocide and war crimes” faced a credible international probe.

The resolution came close on the heels of Jayalalithaa writing to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying India should boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting to be held in Colombo in November this year.

The 30-year-long civil war between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels of LTTE who at one time controlled large swathes of the north of the island state is estimated to have left tens of thousands of people dead or injured. (ANI)