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Feb 27, 2013 at 01:56pm IST

Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Sri Lankan war crimes; Left, AIADMK criticise govt

New Delhi: There were noisy scenes in the Rajya Sabha as the government came under fire from the AIADMK over war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government in the last days of the crusade against the LTTE in 2009. The AIADMK's V Maitreyan lashed out at the government for not doing anything for the people of Tamil origin living in Lanka.

"The UPA doesn't understand the ethnic conflict. It is blindfolded by the Lankan President. The Lankan constitution discriminates against minority Tamils," Maitreyan said.

CPI leader D Raja also lashed out at the government for colluding with the Rajapakse government on structural genocide of the Tamils. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said the government has provided maximum humanitarian assistance. "It is a matter of our consideration, concern and a matter of humanitarian nature. I want to share with the House that we have provided assistance to end the pain the agony in Sri Lanka, we have provided maximum humanitarian assistance," Khurshid said in the House.

The issue of war crimes committed by the Lankan government was re-ignited after pictures of Prabhakaran's son before he was killed by the country's army were made public.