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IITians observe hunger strike to protest against Sri Lankan war crimes

IITians observe hunger strike to protest against Sri Lankan war crimes

TNN Mar 23, 2013, 02.05AM IST

MUMBAI: Around 70 odd students from IIT-Bombay observed a hunger strike throughout the day on Wednesday to protest against Sri Lankan war crimes and Tamil Genocide.

Several others also attended classes by sporting a black band to support their cause. While a similar hunger strike was already observed at IIT-Madras on a larger scale, other IITs also are planning to join in the protest. All IITs might come together to observe a large scale hunger strike on one common day.

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Students were displaying banners and placards with messages for the centre – ‘India, break you silence. Help innocent Tamil civilians’, ‘no more genocide of Tamil Eelam’, ‘restore press freedom in Tamil Eelam’, ‘stop Tamil genocide, they are also human beings’, etc. The hunger strike started in the morning and ended at dusk after an address by Professor Kannan Moudgalya from the chemical engineering department.

Muniappan N, one of Ph D students from the civil engineering, who participated in the strike said, “Lakhs of Tamilians are fighting for the cause and we wish to extend our full support to them. We are in talks with IIT-Delhi and Guwahati too and are looking to observe a similar strike on a larger scale across IITs on the same day.”

Harshavardhan Natarajan, another PH D student from the mathematics department, added that all the students need some sort of conclusive decisions from the central government.

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