MDMK general secretary Vaiko has sought the intervention of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to release the Sri Lankan refugees from special refugee camps. In a statement here, Vaiko urged the State to concede to the demands of the refugees who had launched an indefinite hunger stir since June 16.
This is the third fast observed by the Lankan refugees as the previous DMK regime halted their release while they were in power.
“As many as 11 refugees lodged in Chengalpattu Special Camp are on indefinite stir and eight of them were admitted to the Government Hospital in Chengalpattu where they were force-fed. Three out of the eight, who were admitted in the hospital are ailing with renal failure but are continuing with their stir”, Vaiko said.
Vaiko noted that they had come to India with the hope that they could remain safe here, but it had turned out to be a farce as they were being subjected to trauma thanks to the hoisting of false cases by the Q-Branch police.
He urged that all the Lankan refugees held at special camps in Chengalpattu and Poonamallee be released on humanitarian grounds.