Dismissing the documentary showing LTTE chief Prabhakaran’s son killed in cold blood after being captured by the military, Sri Lanka’s high commissioner to India on Wednesday said the photos are morphed and it is nothing but a propaganda of LTTE supporters.
“Prabhakaran’s son could have been killed in crossfire while he was in a small bunker. There is no need for an international probe,” Kariyawasam said.
He said the documentary was a propaganda by LTTE supporters and that the Sri Lankan military did not kill Prabhakaran’s 12-year-old son, Balachandran. He said the Sri Lankan military did not kill the boy.
“Indian Tamil leaders should visit Lanka to see progress. There is no Ealam. Sentiments in Tamil Nadu are worrying. We cannot tell India how to vote in Geneva. It is a responsible regional power,” the high commissioner added.
The issues gains significance as India is due to vote on a resolution at meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva next month where a resolution critical of Lankan government regarding human rights is expected to be moved. Last year, India had voted against the island nation.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa called for the trial of Sri Lankan “war criminals” following the documentary.
Jayalalithaa said the photographs showed an innocent looking Balachandran Prabhakaran seated in a military bunker before he was shot in May 2009. She said his killing was “an inhuman act of extreme cruelty”.
Later, accusing the UPA of its ‘laxity’ in playing an active role on the issue of alleged rights abuse in Sri Lanka, its key ally DMK asked government to support a US-backed resolution against the island nation at the UNHRC meet at Geneva in March.
— With Agency inputs