Colombo/New Delhi: Sri Lanka is once again surrounded by allegations of war crimes as a video of LTTE chief Prabhakaran's son has re-emerged. The pictures of the 12-year-old son of Prabhakaran have put the UPA government in India in a spot.
The photographs have sparked off protests in Chennai, with both the DMK and the ruling AIADMK demanding that India joins the international community in punishing the Rajapakse government for what they call its war crimes. The parties in Tamil Nadu believe that the pictures are proof that Sri Lanka deliberately executed Prabhakaran's son in cold blood.
The Sri Lankan government has dismissed the pictures as propaganda. The Sri Lankan envoy asserted that Prabhakaran's son was probably killed in crossfire, even as he rejected calls for an international probe.
Significantly, the UPA government at the Centre has not criticised Colombo over the pictures. But in the weeks ahead, India has to decide whether it will vote against Sri Lanka on a US-sponsored resolution at the United Nations human rights council.
India did vote against Sri Lanka in 2012, but there is now growing unease about states being allowed a veto on foreign policy.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner has termed India is a good friend and a responsible regional power. Colombo certainly expects Delhi to support it in Geneva, overriding Tamil sentiment.