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Jaya cancels Asian Athletics Championships

Posted on Feb 21, 04:26PM | IBNS

Chennai, Feb 21 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday said the state will not host the 20th Asian Athletics Championships later this year to protest against the participation of team from Sri Lanka in the event.

In a statement, Jayalalithaa said: "Since the Sri Lankan government is repeatedly acting against the interests of Tamils living there, organising the event here will affect the sentiments of people in Tamil Nadu."

Jayalalithaa said she will not 'entertain' Sri Lankan team in her state.

"We have already sent a letter to Asia Athletic Federation to convey this to Sri Lankan government. But there has been no response from them so far," All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo said.

Jayalalithaa on Wednesday condemned the alleged execution of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's son by the Sri Lankan army and called it an 'inhuman act'.

"We condemn the execution of the 12-year-old son of Prabhakaran by the Sri Lankan army. This was an inhuman act," Jayalalithaa said while addressing a press conference on Wednesday.

"He (Balachandran Prabhakaran) was just a child," All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo said.

"I call upon government of India to hold discussions with United States and other like minded nations to prepare a resolution and get it passed in the UN and also work in tandem with other nations to see to it that all those guilty of war crimes are made to stand trial in the international court," she said.

Jayalalithaa made the comments a day after Sri Lanka on Tuesday rejected allegations that the country's armed forces had violated human rights and executed Balachandran Prabhakaran.

Sri Lanka denied the allegations after a new documentary featuring photos of the alleged cold-blooded killing of 12-year-old Balachandran Prabhakaran came to light. The photos are part of the Channel 4 documentary named 'No War Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka'.

A photo showed Prabhakarans' son in the custody of Sri Lankan troops and sitting in a bunker.

Another picture, that was supposedly shot few hours later, showed him lying dead with bullet holes on his chest.

Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran was killed in 2009.

Led by V Prabhakaran, the LTTE was involved in numerous political assassinations, including the murder of Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1993, and former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

The Sri Lankan Civil War was one of the longest running armed conflicts in Asia that continued till May 2009 when the Sri Lankan Military defeated the outfit.