Chennai: Hailing the European Union Court of Justice verdict lifting the ban on LTTE, leaders including PMK founder S. Ramadoss and MDMK general secretary Vaiko, besides other Tiger supporters demanded that the ban be lifted in India too. The leaders and pro-Tiger outfits argued that the reasons cited by the European court to lift the ban is applicable for the ban in India too.
Welcoming the judgment, Ramadoss said this would enable the functioning of Tigers in 26 countries of Europe. Hailing the judgment as 'historical', he said the verdict would enable mobilising support for the struggle of Eelam Tamils for their rights and power.
The judgment would also pave way for breaking the LTTE ban in Canada and United Stattes and the actions of Tamils throughout the world could be taken forward without obstacles, Ramadoss said.
Vaiko described the verdict as a turning point in the history of Tamil Eelam and said it would open the gates for demanding justice for Lankan Tamils in United Nations Human Rights Council and general assembly. It gives hope that those who indulged in 'genocide of Tamils' could be brought to book and a referendum for Tamil Eelam could be held. Sri Lankan government was unable to show that LTTE indulged in terrorist activities after 2009, Vaiko added.
Expressing happiness over the judgment, VCK leader Thol. Thirumavalavan said inclusion of LTTE in the list of banned organizations was a set back to the Tigers. Tamils throughout the world were unable to mobilise funds and people support for the LTTE after the ban. Describing the Tamil Eelam liberation struggle as a fight for freedom of a nationality.
Thamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi leader T. Velmurugan welcomed the judgment and said the verdict would pave way to establish that LTTE was a freedom fighting movement and they are not terrorists.
He said the LTTE ban in India should be lifted to enable the activities of those supporting the struggle of Lankan Tamils and working for in the political sphere of Tamil Nadu.