Journo Says Lanka Misinterpreted His Mission
A young journalist from Tamil Nadu, who was deported from Sri Lanka in December last year for alleged visa violation, has denied that he had used the British Parliament to accuse Sri Lanka of using chemical weapons against ethnic Tamils during the Eelam War IV.
The 23-year-old journalist Maga Tamizh Prabhagaran, had on January 31 and February 1 screened a 47-minute documentary ‘This Land Belongs to the Army’ in the House of Commons and the University College of London respectively. The documentary shows a Sri Lankan soldier admitting the use of chemical weapons during the end-stage war.
On February 4, leading Sri Lankan daily ‘The Island’ published a report under the headline ‘Prabhakaran uses British Parliament to accuse SL army of chemical attack’ accusing him of screening the documentary at the behest of LTTE backers.
Strongly denying the charges, Prabhagaran on Friday told the Express over phone from London, that his mission was being misinterpreted by the Sri Lankans. “It was not I who accused them. Their own soldier is on camera acknowledging that chemical weapons (kafir attack) were used to kill both the LTTE cadre and Tamil civilians during the Eelam war,” he said.
He said that until now Lanka has been denying civilian deaths during the war. Whereas, the soldier vouches that when he entered Mullivaikal he found massive civilian casualties which could not have happened but for a chemical attack.
“This interview given by the Sinhala soldier has demolished their claims. That’s why they are accusing me of using the British Parliament to target Lanka. My documentary also goes to show the killing of civilians like Isai Priya (LTTE news reader) and the militarisation of the Northeast Lanka. These provinces are still under the Lankan Army’s control,” he said.