IIT-M students join anti-Lanka protests

Students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, (IIT-M), in a startling expression of solidarity, came out to the streets on Sunday evening to protest against the “genocide” of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Nearly 200 students, mostly of BTech classes and including a good number of women students, formed a human chain for nearly two hours on the Kotturpuram main road near the campus, carrying placards and shouting slogans against the  Sri Lankan government.

Surprisingly, the students raised slogans in both Tamil and English, “Let Tamil Eelam bloom; Tamil Eelam alone is the solution to the suffering Sri Lankan Tamils.”  They even demanded the international community to impose an “economic embargo” on Sri Lanka.

Students of IIT-Bombay, IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Kanpur were also protesting in the same fashion on Sunday evening at their respective centres, one of the protesting students of IIT-Madras said.

The protest has come when the state government has informally advised about 440 arts and science colleges to resume classes from Monday.

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