Melur court issues non-bailable warrant against Dayanithi Alagiri

Dayanithi Alagiri

Dayanithi Alagiri

Investigating officer said all accused have gone into hiding and evading arrest

The Melur Judicial Magistrate court on Monday issued non-bailable warrants, on a petition filed by the Madurai rural district police, against Durai alias Dayanithi Alagiri, son of Union Minister M. K. Alagiri, former director, and Nagaraj, partner, Olympus Granites, in the granite scam case.

Magistrate V. Jayakumar issued the order and similar NBWs against PRP Exports owner P.R. Palanichamy’s sons Suresh Kumar and Senthil Kumar; Palanichamy’s wife Selvi, son-in- law Maharajan, and relatives Deivendran and Murugesan, who are also accused in the multi-crore granite scam.

The petition filed by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Prohibition Enforcement Wing, the investigation officer, said all the accused had gone into hiding and were evading arrest. Arrest warrants were sought to proceed with the investigation process.

A counter petition filed by Mr. Dhayanithi on October 10, opposing the police plea, said the arrest warrant could not be issued by courts solely for production of accused before the police in aid of investigation. What could not be done directly could not be done indirectly through court, it said. It contended that he was being politically victimised as he was the son of a Union Minister and grandson of the DMK president M. Karunanidhi.

Arguing against the counter petition, Assistant Public Prosecutor S. Selvasundari, on October 12, said the petition seeking warrant had been filed only to press his appearance in court and not for investigation. She also refuted the allegation of infringement of fundamental rights.

On a complaint from the local Village Administrative Officer, police had charged Mr. Dayanithi and Mr. Nagarajan with encroaching on the adjacent government land and taking away large quantity of granite illegally, without quarrying in the permitted area and causing loss of Rs. 44 crore to the government.

Cases had been registered under various IPC sections, including 120B (criminal conspiracy), 447 (criminal trespass) and 420 (cheating) against them.

PRP Exports chairman P. R. Palanichamy was produced before the court on Monday as he was not able to appear on Friday.

The granite baron, who is lodged in Palayamkottai central prison, complained of ill health. The hearing was postponed to October 29.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/court-issues-nonbailable-warrant-against-alagiris-son/article3999570.ece

Former DMK minister Ponmudi held for illegal mining

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/former-dmk-minister-held-for-illegal-mining/1013081/

Chennai, Sun Oct 07 2012, 02:12 hrs

Dealing yet another blow to the opposition DMK, the Tamil Nadu police on Saturday arrested senior DMK leader and former minister K Ponmudi on charges of illegal mining, a day after the court rejected his anticipatory bail plea.

He has been remanded till October 19 and was lodged at the Cuddalore central prison.

Ponmudi, who has been a minister in successive cabinets of party chief M Karunanidhi, and his son with a few others were charged of quarrying much more than the permitted amount of red sand, valued at nearly Rs 30 crore.

In a clear case of nepotism that the party is accused of promoting, the licence for mining was awarded in the name of his son, Gowthama Sigamani, Rajamahendran and Jayachandran when Ponmudi was the minister in charge of the Department of mines and minerals.

The complaint came from the tehsildar of Vanur accusing the group of over exploiting the resources from 2007 till now. It stated that while sand could be mined only 20 feet from the surface, the accused had mined it from as deep as 90 feet.

Karunanidhi may be awarded ‘Bharataratna’ for having been the most corrupt CM of India!

கருணாநிதிக்குதான் பாரத ரத்னா- ஜனாதிபதியிடம் திமுகவே விண்ணப்பித்த வினோதம்!

 Dmk Seeks Bharat Ratna Karunanidhi

டெல்லி: திமுக தலைவரான கருணாநிதிக்கு நாட்டின் உயரிய விருதான பாரத ரத்னா விருதை வழங்க வேண்டும் என்று திமுகவே குடியரசுத் தலைவர் பிரணாப் முகர்ஜியிடம் விண்ணப்பித்திருக்கிறது.

குடியரசுத் தலைவரிடம் கொடுக்கப்பட்டிருக்கும் விண்ணப்பத்தில், 55 ஆண்டுகால பொதுவாழ்க்கை பங்களிப்புக்காக கருணாநிதிக்கு பாரத ரத்னா விருதை வழங்க வேண்டும் என்று வலியுறுத்தப்பட்டுள்ளது.

தமிழகத்தைச் சேர்ந்த 8 பேர் இதுவரை பாரத ரத்னா விருது பெற்றுள்ளனர்.

தற்போது வினோதமாக திமுகவே அந்தக் கட்சியின் தலைவரான கருணாநிதியின் பெயரை அவருக்கு மிகவும் வேண்டியவரான குடியரசுத் தலைவர் பிரணாப் முகர்ஜியிடம் விண்ணப்பித்திருப்பது வினோதமாகவே பார்க்கபப்டுகிறது!

http://tamil.oneindia.in/news/2012/09/25/india-dmk-seeks-bharat-ratna-karunanidhi-162054.html

Madras High Court denies bail to MK Alagiri’s son Durai Dayanidhi

Durai Dayanidhi’s anticipatory bail plea rejected

PTI

Fertilizer Minister M.K.Alagiri's son Durai Dhayanithi

Fertilizer Minister M.K.Alagiri’s son Durai Dhayanithi

The Madras High Court on Tuesday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Union Minister M.K. Alagiri’s son, Durai Dayanidhi, in the multi-crore illegal granite quarrying case.

Mr. Durai, for whom a special police team was on the lookout, and nine others are facing charges that companies owned by them mined sand and granite without permission.

Justice Mathivanan of the Madurai bench of the court also rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Mr. Durai’s business partner S. Nagarajan as also the bail application of Deputy Director of Mines Department Shanmugavel, already arrested in the case.

The court rejected anticipatory bail pleas of a granite company owner and his son in the alleged scam while granting relief to the owner’s wife.

Government cracked down on the firms after former Madurai Collector U. Sahayam in a report, estimated the losses incurred from illegal granite mining at around Rs 16,000 crore.

On September 15, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption officials booked two IAS officers — former Madurai District Collectors N. Mathivanan and C. Kamaraj — for alleged corruption in the case and conducted raids across 34 places in the state.

Police had alerted immigration authorities to help them in preventing Mr. Durai and other accused from leaving the country. The companies’ accounts had already been frozen.

Karuna! You and your santhathis are going to be roast as havis in dhaksha yagna!

Daksha haunting Karuna & sons

MONDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2012 00:29
KUMAR CHELLAPPAN.|.CHENNAI

Inline image 1UAV Daksha at an illegal granite quarry in Melur taluk on Friday

Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the DMP chief, has an aversion to anything connected with epics of Hinduism. He does not lose a single opportunity to ridicule and taunt the Hindu Gods. At the peak of the agitation against the demolition of Rama Sethu, the rock structure believed to be built by Lord Rama at Palk Satraits, for the construction of Sethu Samudram Shipping Channel, Karunanidhi made fun of various Hindu organisations asking them in which college did Lord Rama study engineering.

Well, Daksha, a character from  a Hindu epic is haunting the Karunanidhi clan. Daksha, is the son of Lord Brahma, the creator. But the Daksha giving sleepless nights to Karunidhi, his son Alagiri (Union Minister for Fertilisers) and Durai Dayanidhi (Alagiri’s son and Karunanidhi’s grandson) is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the Madras Institute of Technology, alma mater of former President APJ Abdul Kalam.

The Government of Tamil Nadu has deployed a Daksha UAV to find out hoarded granites and the illegal quarries in the district of Madurai. According to an initial report submitted by former district collector U Sagayam to the Government, illegal quarrying in the district has cost the state more than `16,000 crore.

The companies involved in the quarrying included Olympus Granites, allegedly owned by Durai Dayanidhi. The alleged quarrying took place during 2006 to 2011 when the State was ruled by Karunanidhi.  Union Minister Alagiri, his elder son by his second wife Dayalu Ammal, was a law unto himself in Madurai during 2006 to 2011.

The probe by the teams constituted by the district collector has found that out of 175 granite quarries in the district, 94 had violated various norms by destroying waterbodies, encroachement of private and Government lands and illicit mining from Government as well as private lands.

The Daksha flew over areas which were inaccessible in normal circumstances. The high-tech camera onboard the UAV sent high resolution pictures of the landscape to the MIT team which deciphered  details about granites hoarded and illegal quarries.

Enthused by the results, the district administration has imported three Laser Distance Surveying Meters from the UK which will be integrated to the UAV. The LDSM, a kind of Third Eye, will find out the exact level of quarrying done by the companies inviolved in the illegal quarrying.

The laser beams emitted by the LDSM will assessthe depth and width of all the pits in the quarried areas. One of the officials involved in the investigation told this newspaper that the magnitude of illegal quarrying could be more than `40,000 crore.

The Jayalalithaa Government has issued  lookout notices for Dayanidhi and some of his business partners. Sources in the DMK said Dayanidhi has no connection with Olympus Granites since he quit the company in 2010 itslelf. But the police picked up PR Palanichamy, owner of PRP Granites in connection with illegal quarrying and it is reported that he has spilled a lot of beans. Dayanidhi has approached the Madras High Court for anticipatory bail which the court will hear on September 21.

http://dailypioneer.com/nation/95005-daksha-haunting-karuna-a-sons.html


Action against illegal granite quarrying in Melur taluk virtually took to the skies on Friday.

Daksha, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) developed by the Anna University’s Madras Institute of Technology, was roped in to survey thousands of hoarded granite blocks and quarries spread over hundreds of acres in the taluk. The UAV was used to record aerial footages after officials cited difficulties in carrying out manual surveillance.

A team headed by Associate Professor K Senthilkumar of MIT’s Aerospace department operated Daksha in Ovamalai village on Friday. The video footage recorded by cameras fitted to the UAV was transmitted live to computers on ground.

Interestingly, the UAV’s video footage revealed a secret room and three chests, hidden in rows of granite blocks. No incriminating material was found in the room, a source said. However, a stack of answer sheets of the Madurai Kamaraj University was found in one of the chests. A container hidden between the blocks was also unearthed.

Police suspect that documents or cash that had been stashed away there might have been removed after their probe began. Researchers say they could quantify granite blocks hoarded in Melur, using the UAV.

Officials intensified a probe on illegal quarries after granite baron and PRP Export’s owner P Palanisamy surrendered following charges levelled against him.

Coalgate: Now, DMK minister under scanner

By NitiCentral Staff on September 7, 2012

After Union minister Subodh Kant Sahai, yet another UPA minister from DMK S Jagathrakshakan is in dock for his involvement in coal block allocation.
According to a Times of India report, MoS information and broadcasting S Jagathrakshakan’s company J Company JR Power Gen Limited was awarded a coal block in 2007, despite it having no track record in the sector. The Company was barely five days old when it signed a MoU with the state-owned Puducherry Industrial Promotion Development and Investment Corporation (PIPDIC) to stake a claim for a captive coal block.
Jagathrakshakan is considered to be very close to the Karunanidhi family. Meanwhile, the DMK has refuted the charge.
DMK’s T K S Elangovan said, “Jagathrakshakan was not a minister or an MP during that period and as a businessman he had the liberty to enter into an agreement purely on business terms.” He cannot be accused of misuse of coal bock allocation, he added.
MORE DIRTY HANDS?
J R Power Gen Pvt Ltd, in which minister Jagathrakshakan and his family members were directors, was barely 5 days old when it entered into an MoU with the state-owned PIPDIC on Jan 17, 2007. The agreement was to stake claim for a captive coal block
Jagathrakshakan quit as director of the company in 2009 to contest the Lok Sabha elections but his family members are still part of the board
On July 25 that year, PIPDIC and the investment company and Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation were allocated a coal block in Naini in Orissa
Months later, J R Power sold 51% of its stake to Hyderabad-based K S K Energy Ventures, which then got rights to use the coal block
Source: TOI
Coalgate scam: Timeline
August 17, 2012: CAG tabled report in Parliament, estimates Rs 1.86 crore loss.
August 21, 2012: BJP steps up pressure for Prime minister’s resignation.
August 27, 2012: PM Manmohan Singh makes a statement in Parliament stating that CAG’s observations are disputable.
September 4, 2012: CBI carries out raids in 10 cities and books five firms for lying about their net,worth experience while getting the allocation.
September 6, 2012: IMG begins the process of hearing the reasons for delays from companies.
(With agencies inputs)

Airports alerted for Dayanidhi Alagiri

http://newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/article597867.ece

By H Sheik Mydheen – MADURAI

30th August 2012 09:02 AM

As part of the crackdown on the mining mafia in Madurai district, Police have issued a look out notice against 12 persons, including Union Minister M K Alagiri’s son Dayanidhi.

Dayanidhi Alagiri was with Olympus Granite till 2010. Bank accounts and passports of those accused in the illegal quarrying cases have also been frozen.

With the help of the Immigration Department, an alert has been sounded at airports and ports across the country to prevent their escape. “It is an official alert either to prevent them from leaving the country or to secure them at the airport if they visit India,” said a senior police officer.

The 12 persons included PRP Exports shareholders P Sureshkumar, P Senthilkumar and Maharajan, Durai Dayanidhi and Nagarajan of Olympus Granite, Sindu Granite owner PK Selvaraj, Gopalakrishnan of GG Granite, Veeramani of Coromandel Granite, PS Granite owner Periyasamy and four others. The main accounts of these granite majors with branches of State Bank of India and Indian Bank in Madurai have also been frozen. Officials have been collecting details of all transactions made by these firms. “We have collected the audit reports of the granite firms from their personal auditors. We have to peruse the records,” an official said. Details pertaining to granite exported by these companies were also being gathered from the Customs Department. A senior police officer said that the second status report on illegal quarrying in the region will be submitted before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on August 31.  Meanwhile, police issued summons to 10 officials, some of them retired, of the Tamil Nadu Minerals Limited (TAMIN) in connection with the illegal quarrying cases. In a related development, police inspected the explosives storage facilities of PRP Exports at Erumaippatti. A bomb detection squad was led by SI Chandramohan, inspected the explosives.

The records pertaining to the explosives in the facility were properly maintained, officials said.

Sri Lanka: Moving from ‘Tamil Eelam’ to ‘Eelam Tamil’ — Col R Hariharan

http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.in/2012/08/sri-lanka-moving-from-tamil-eelam-to.html

19.8.12

Sri Lanka: Moving from ‘Tamil Eelam’ to ‘Eelam Tamil’ — Col R Hariharan

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Sri Lanka: Moving from ‘Tamil Eelam’ to ‘Eelam Tamil’ – Update No 224

Col R Hariharan

Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (DMK) leader M Karunanidhi seems to have quietly acquiesced to New Delhi’s pressure to shift the focus of his widely publicized “Eelam Tamils’ Rights Protection Conference” on August 12 from ‘Tamil Eelam’ to ‘Eelam Tamil.’ The exercise was more than semantics; except for two – Thol Thirumavalavan of the Viduthalai Chiruthai Katchi (VCK) and Veeramani of the Dravida Kazagham (DK) – other mainline speakers hardly made a reference to an independent Tamil Eelam. Even Thiruma’s speech was mostly devoted to redeem Karunanidhi’s reputation damaged during the Eelam War-4.

Apart from representatives of Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, delegates from a number of European countries, Australia and Mozambique, Sweden, Nigeria were also present. Some of the overseas speakers (i.e. representatives from Sweden and Malaysia) devoted most of the speech to praise the ‘Kalaignar’ (artiste) Karunanidhi. However, Dr Wickramabahu Karunaratne, the firebrand leftist leader from Sri Lanka, did not disappoint the participants; he came out hammer and tongs at the callous attitude of Sri Lanka in handling Tamils in the postwar period. Abdul Razak Momoh, member of Nigerian parliament, raised the question “If UN sanctions can be imposed on Iran for taking a nuclear route, why can’t they be imposed on Sri Lanka for indulging in human rights violations?”

At a preliminary meeting organized at a city hotel before the conference, Karunanidhi said the long-term solution to ensure the rights of Tamils was a political one, which had been discussed and debated for long. The medium term solution involved reconstruction of infrastructural and civic facilities in Tamil-majority areas in north and east to ensure a decent living for the people including the right to property, education, employment and other democratic rights. Immediate solution was to be found for resettlement, relief and rehabilitation for the war affected Tamils.

Conference resolutions

Though the 14 resolutions passed at the conference (given in annexure) cover the long, medium and short term issues, they lack logical coherence and continuity. No effort appears to have been made to structure or prioritise them to monitor action on them in a time bound manner. Broadly the resolutions seek action from either the UN or India on the following aspects:
Those relating to protecting the concept of Tamil nation, identity, language and culture; restoration of democratic rights denied to Tamils; removal of Sinhala settlements in Tamil areas leading to deprivation of opportunities for Tamils; Sinhala exploitation of natural resources in Tamil areas; and on improvement of quality of life of Tamils.
Those relating to war crimes and violation of human rights by Sri Lanka and seeking the withdrawal of Sri Lanka army from Tamil areas.
Other issues relating to India – status of Sri Lanka Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, fishermen issue, restoration of Katchtivu to India and Indian assistance to rebuild Tamil lives shattered by war. The resolution added as a tailpiece condemning the All India Anna DMK (AIADMK) for its ‘hostility to Sri Lanka Tamils and their problems’ is totally out of place. It confirmed that AIADMK-bashing was a subsidiary agenda of the conference.
It is evident that Diaspora Tamil interest groups have played an important role in shaping the resolutions. For instance, the Global Tamil Forum has been demanding the appointment of an international committee on behalf of the UN Human Rights Council to go into the war crimes allegations and punish those found guilty. Sri Lanka Tamil leaders and civil society have also raised many of the issues contained in the resolutions on the floor of Sri Lanka parliament as well as in public forums.

The objective of the DMK in rallying India’s solidarity to the Diaspora Tamil campaign against Rajapaksa and taking Sri Lanka to task for the plight of Tamils in post-war period was only partly served as major political parties from India and Sri Lanka had avoided it. The political polemics over the theme of the conference was probably the reason for this.

Thus the conference missed a good opportunity to provide in-depth analyses of problems and come up original ideas on resolving them. It also did not recommend best options for producing the long, medium and immediate results that would impact Sri Lanka Tamils. As a result, the conference has provided only limited value addition.

The resolutions asked ‘the international community’, Government of India or the UN, ignoring the responsibility of primary stakeholders – Sri Lanka government, Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim population and political parties – in finding solutions to their problems. This marginalizes the efforts of Tamil leaders locked in eye-ball to eye-ball political confrontation in the island.

Similarly the resolutions have not addressed what Tamil Nadu should do to help improve the situation except to castigate the AIADMK which is in power. Action plan to rally support for taking follow up actions on the resolutions have not been made public. Now the DMK is reported to be planning to take the conference message to the people. This would indicate that despite the lofty rhetoric on Tamil unity, Sri Lanka Tamil issue will continue to be a victim of polemics of Tamil Nadu politics.

So it is not surprising the resolutions provide no out of the box ideas to break the political impasse in the reconciliation process. Thus they are likely to appeal to the converted, which was apparently the limited purpose of the conference. No wonder the conference evoked only lukewarm response the conference both in the media (which had Olympic Games as priority No 1 on August 12) and among Tamils everywhere.

Pointers to the future

The fate of the conference was decided by judicial intervention after both the Centre and the AIADMK-ruled state, in a rare convergence of goals, did not want it to be held for their own reasons. The Centre dropped its reservation after Karunanidhi relented on using the “E-word” (Tamil Eelam). Karunanidhi’s back pedaling shows the DMK’s overriding desire to stay in the Congress-led coalition as it battles for political survival in the state. So we can expect the aging Dravidian leader to defer his “lifetime desire” to see the rise of an independent Tamil Eelam perhaps forever.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms Jayalalitha indulged in no political rhetoric on the conference; but used the more effective police bureaucracy to try and scuttle the conference. While speaking at the Independence Day flag hoisting ceremony three days later, she urged the Centre to pressurise Sri Lanka to ensure rehabilitation of internally displaced Tamils back in their original settlement and also devolve equal powers on par with the Sinhalese. This clearly indicates that Kalaignar would not a have free run to exploit the Tamil issue to his political advantage.

The Centre has sent a clear message “thus far and no more” on its stand on Tamil Eelam to Tamil Diaspora by not allowing some of the de-striped Tamil Tigers and pro-Eelam lobbyists to participate in the conference. This was done not only to maintain India’s objection to Tamil separatism but also to act upon Sri Lankan concern on Diaspora Tamil separatists gaining a foothold in India. When pushed, New Delhi would probably take action to crack down on LTTE supporters in Tamil Nadu.

New Delhi did not allow a few others from Sri Lanka to attend the conference. This showed that despite India’s sympathies for Tamils, it was averse to allow the Tamil issue to eclipse its larger in interest in Sri Lanka.

The whole political mess stirred up by New Delhi and Tamil Nadu about the conference must have discouraged the more vociferous Tamil leaders from participation. Tamil Nadu leaders should understand that Sri Lanka Tamil leaders’ priority will continue to be to maintain working links with New Delhi rather than get entangled in partisan politics of Tamil Nadu.

Tailpiece: The DMK would do well to listen to Ram Vilas Paswan, president of Lok Janshakti Party, suggestion at the conference to make people in the rest of India aware of the sufferings of Lankan Tamils to mobilise mass support for their cause. He said people in North India mistake Lankan Tamil issue as an LTTE problem. Hopefully that will educate the rest of India on the Sri Lanka Tamil issue.

[Col R Hariharan a retired Military Intelligence specialist on South Asia, served with the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka as Head of Intelligence. E-mail:colhari@yahoo.com Blog: www.colhariharan.org ]

Annexure

Resolutions of the Eelam Tamils’ Rights Protection Conference held at Chennai on August 12, 2012
[Text courtesy: TamilNet.com]

Resolution 1

This Conference expresses its gratitude to the Nations, which voted in favour of the Resolution passed in the Human Rights Council of the U.N.O. in May, 2012. The Resolution was based on the report of the Expert Committee, appointed by the U.N.O. for enquiring into the Genocide and Human Rights Violations in Sri Lanka. The Report was given to the U.N.O. in April, 2011.
This Conference requests the Human Rights Council of the U.N.O. to appoint a Supervisory Committee to oversee whether the Sri Lankan Government takes determined action as urged in the Resolution passed in the Human Rights Council of the U.N.O.

Resolution 2

There was mass-killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka during May, 2009. There was bombing in the areas notified as Safety-Zones and Hospitals. This was unprecedented and had not happened in any other war and therefore it should be called a State-sponsored Terrorism. Efforts to obliterate all traces of war-crimes were taken, so that the outside world did not come to know of them.
All these details have been made clear in the Report of the Three Member Team, headed by Darusman of Indonesia and constituted by Ban-ki-Moon, Secretary General of the U.N.O.

Even after a year since the Report was released, an Independent International Team of Experts has not been formed to examine the War-Crimes.

The Tamil Race, which has lost several thousands of lives, has now reached a stage to raise its voice demanding Justice.
This Conference urges the U.N.O. to appoint an International Committee on behalf of the Human Rights Council of the U.N.O. to go into the War-crimes and punish those found guilty of crimes.

Resolution 3

Sinhalisation of traditional Tamil areas is part of an evil design of the Sri Lankan Government, which has taken efforts to demolish the Tamils’ Cultural roots, apart from their endeavour to wipe out the Tamils’ way of living based on geographical factors.

Eezham Tamils’ educational institutions and the famous Jaffna Library were destroyed by the Sri Lankan Army. Hindu Temples, Mosques and Churches are being attacked and demolished and traces of Tamils’ Language is being mangled. Tamil Name Boards in shops and business establishments and Tamil names of Roads are changed and re-written in Sinhala Language. Sinhalisation of the names of places has become certain. In the North and East areas, infrastructural facilities required for settling Sinhalese are being constructed by the Sri Lankan Government.

Sri Lankan Tamils have been preserving their unique identity for a very long time. It is most condemnable that the Sri Lankan Government, while calling itself a democratic State, have been indulging in violent activity, which even the British did not have the courage to do and the world would not approve.

This Conference, therefore, appeals to the U.N.O., which is the representative institution of the Nations of the World, to immediately put an end to the atrocities of the Sri Lankan Government.

Resolution 4

India has the Duty, Right and Responsibility to undertake measures for ensuring peace and equality in the neighbouring Sri Lanka.
Indian Government has been protecting a number of Nationalities, Religions and Languages, as required by its democratic traditions. But contrary to this Indian situation, in the neighbouring Sri Lanka, there is no protection for the Tamil Nationality, Religion and Language. Therefore this Conference points out to the Indian Government that a question has naturally arisen in the hearts of Tamils as to why the Indian Government has been silent on the undemocratic developments in Sri Lanka.

The Indian Government should, therefore, take all necessary steps to ensure a total change of environment in Sri Lanka and a life of equality and peace to the Sri Lankan Tamils, by redeeming their political, economic and cultural rights.
This Conference urges the Government of India to bring forth a Resolution in the U.N.O., for bestowing full right to the Tamils in Sri Lanka to decide the political solution themselves, which they have been demanding.

Resolution 5

Most of the Tamils in the North and the East of Sri Lanka have been eking out their living under trees and in open places and are left to the favour of their relatives. The financial assistance given to those leaving the camps is very small. These families have to struggle for their basic needs. As there is no job available for them to do, the re-settled Tamils are put to hellish agonies. Lands and Houses of Eezham Tamils are forcibly grabbed. Several thousands of Acres of Land owned by Tamils in areas like Sambur, Mannar and Vavuniya have been taken by force.

This Conference, therefore, urges the U.N.O. to formulate measures to put an end to such cruelty, forcing the Tamils to live in their own Home-land as refugees, since their traditional lands were snatched by force.

Resolution 6

Today in Sri Lanka the presence and power of the Army are more predominant than democratic system of Government. The Army has taken over a very large number of houses of the Tamils for their activities. The Army has brought vacant houses under its control and has been refusing to vacate. No social function could be held in the houses of Tamils in the North and East without the permission of the Army.

Only the Army men are appointed as District Administrators and Government functionaries there. Tamil Eezham today looks like an Army-Camp. There is no way out for the Tamils to air their grievances, talk or peacefully agitate in the absence of democratically- elected local bodies. They are under constant panic.

Number of Tamil youth have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Many Tamils are subjected to untold agony and suffering in the Torture-Camps. Tamil women are put to all kinds of abuses by the Army. Tamil children are kept in full glare of the Guns. They live in perpetual fear, having been affected by the violence unleashed by the Army.

The Annual Statement for 2011 released by the External Affairs Ministry of the U.K. says that about 90 thousand Tamil women have been widowed, as a consequence of the War. Their future has become bleak. As a further threat to their lives, the Army are putting them to torturous treatments and abuses.

This Conference, therefore, pleads with the U.N.O. and Nations of the World, to bring pressure on the Sri Lankan Government to withdraw the Army from the Tamil Areas immediately. This Conference further requests the U.N.O., to constitute an International Committee to directly supervise withdrawal of the Army.

Resolution 7

The Trade and Commercial Life of Eezham Tamils suffers at the hands of Sinhalese due to their interference and intimidation. The Army has encroached all the areas of Civil life and brought the economy under its control. Activities like farming, vegetable trade, hotels, restaurants and barber-shops have been taken over by the Army. There were before many shops with sellers on the A-9 Highway from Jaffna to Colombo. But now all those shops have been encroached upon by the Ex-Sinhalese Army Men. Sinhalese shops have come up in the areas of Nallur Kandaswamy Temple.

Tamils’ resources in Tamil Eezham Areas are being exploited. Sinhalese are mining lime-stone available in plenty in the Northern areas and taking them away. Sand and forest wealth have started moving towards the South from the Northern and Eastern Areas. Rights of Minerals endowed by Nature to the Sons of the Soil are being gravely violated.

Sinhala-fishermen are being settled in the areas traditionally under occupation by the Tamil-fishermen in the coastal areas of the North and East. This has affected the livelihood of Tamil fishermen.

Sinhalese forcibly settled in Tamil areas should be sent back and Tamils should again be declared as the rightful owners of the natural resources, trade and commerce. This conference appeals that the U.N.O. should urge the Sri Lankan Government to take steps immediately to restore normalcy in the life of the Tamils.

Resolution 8

U.N.O. should take steps to entrust to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees the Tamils, who had fled, fearing attacks of the army in the Eezham areas and the Tamils living in distress in various countries as refugees and the Tamils, who are put in prisons abroad, as they had left their own country and did not have proper documents. Further, this Conference requests that the U.N.H.C.R. to initiate steps for the grant of required financial aid and travel documents.

Resolution 9

This Conference urges the Government of India to grant Indian Citizenship Right or Permanent Resident Status to all the Refugees, who have come from Sri Lanka and have been living in India, to lead a contented life. This Conference also urges that U.N. Protocol on Refugees should be followed in India.

Resolution 10

Tamils in Eezham areas should be given all required fundamental rights of living and democratic rights. This Conference considers that the Rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils will be an eye wash and will remain a distant dream, unless violation of their basic rights is stopped.

Therefore this Conference firmly believes that only the following steps will enable Eezham Tamils to lead a life of dignity and self respect;

A Referendum should be conducted with the Sri Lankan Tamils through the U.N.O. It should be highlighted as South-Asian Human Rights Issue.

No Race or people can survive or preserve their racial identity or language, if their culture is lost. The Sri Lankan Government should ensure protection of Tamil Culture and Language. But it is a saddening fact that the Sri Lankan Government have been taking all possible efforts to destroy Tamils’ culture and language. Tamil Language is being weakened, without bestowing on it the status of official language. Action has been taken to destroy Tamil tradition in all fronts.

Thousands of Tamils, who have been imprisoned, should be freed.

Sri Lankan Tamils, who have gone to various countries of the world from their Home-land, leaving their traditional places of residence, out of sheer fear for their life should be allowed to freely and safely come and go to their mother-land without any restriction.
Fully-functioning schools and Universities, filling up of teacher vacancies in all North and Eastern districts are priority needs for brightening the future of Tamil Children and improving their literacy.

Medical facilities should be ensured with specialized services to the war-affected people. Mental and Neural depression and stress conditions, which are due to war and loss of family, should be addressed.

Tamils’ houses, shops, commercial complexes, schools,colleges and roads damaged by the Sri Lankan army should be repaired and restored. Rs. 500 crore granted by the Indian Government as rehabilitation assistance for the Tamils should be properly made use of for these works.

This Conference appeals that India, in co-ordination with the countries of the world, should come forward to play its primary role in implementing these solutions.

Resolution 11

It is our foremost duty to protect Indian fishermen from attacks on them by the Sri Lankan Navy, while ensuring protection and relief to Sri Lankan Tamils. The un-armed and innocent Tamil Fishermen are being mercilessly attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy. They are shot at and killed. Their Fishing-Boats are sunk in the Sea. Their Catch of Fish is seized.

Tamil-Fishermen are being treated by the Sri Lankan Navy in an inhuman manner.

As the “Katcha-Thivu”, which was within the territories of India, was entrusted with the Sri Lankan Government, Sri Lankan Navy is harassing and attacking the Tamil Fishermen, even when they go near this area.

This Conference urges the Government of India to put an end to this atrocity, by bringing “Katcha-Thivu” under its control and establishing an Indian Navy Unit to be stationed at Dhanushkodi.

Resolution 12

This Conference is unable to accept imparting training to the Sri Lankan Army men in any State in India, as it affects the Sri Lankan Tamils. This Conference, therefore, urges the Government of India to avoid completely training to the Sri Lankan Army men.

Resolution 13

A threatening announcement has been made on behalf of the Sri Lankan Government that this Conference, which is being conducted for the Protection of Right to Life and Livelihood of Eezham Tamils, is unlawful and that those going to Tamil Nadu from Sri Lanka for participating in the Conference are being watched. This Conference strongly condemns the undemocratic attitude of the Sri Lankan Government.

Resolution 14

The A.D.M.K. and A.D.M.K. Administrators have always been hostile to the problem of Sri Lankan Tamils. Continuing this tendency, a series of difficulties were caused to stop the Conference and permission was refused through the Police Department to the Conference which we proposed to hold in Chennai for the protection of rights of Eezham Tamils and in which a number of dignitaries from various countries including Sri Lanka were to participate.

A situation was thus created forcing us to go to the Court to obtain permission for the Conference. This Conference strongly condemns the anti-Tamil Eezham attitude of the ADMK Government.

Swamy slams Karunanidhi’s Sri Lanka remarks

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy today condemned DMK chief M Karunanidhi for his “outrageous” remarks against Indo-Sri Lanka relations at a pro-Eelam TESO meet.

Swamy said Karunanidhi has expressed the view that Tamils are being subjected to “genocide in Sri Lanka because of Sinhalaisation”.

“This is ridiculous since both Sinhala and the Tamil people originally came from India and are the same people as recent DNA genetic study shows,” he said in a statement.

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“Therefore, Sri Lanka’s unity can be promoted of Tamils Sinhalise and Sinhala community Tamilise, that is, both the communities should nationalise their outlook to come closer.”

In his speech at a conclave preceding the main event yesterday, Karunanidhi, who is seeking to inject life into the defunct TESO founded by him in the 1980s, had alleged the Sri Lankan army was running a “state of Emergency” in Tamil areas.

The DMK patriarch had said the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils was linked with human rights and dignity, which required short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions.

The long-term solution has to be a political one, he had said.

PTI

http://www.firstpost.com/fwire/swamy-slams-karunanidhis-sri-lanka-remarks-416613.html