Chennai: Don't make it a guided tour: that's the DMK MP Kanimozhi 's message to Sri Lanka. She's part of a delegation of Indian MPs visiting the relief camps there accommodating more than three lakh internally displaced Lankan Tamils.
This is the first time the Lankan government is allowing an Indian team into these camps.
Before leaving, the MPs met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.
Tips from the grand old man of Tamil Nadu politics on the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils. The ten member delegation of MPs will visit relief camps in Sri Lanka which house over 3 lakh displaced Tamils.
"We hope this will not be a guided tour and that we will be taken to areas that have not been opened earlier," said M K Kanimozhi, DMK MP.
There are reports of torture and appalling living conditions in the camps which have been out of bounds for the international media and even the Red Cross.
The MPs will meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and push for greater rehabilitation and equal rights for Tamils. The team, which does not include opposition MPs, will submit a report to Chief Minister Karunanidhi.
Earlier during the war the DMK and the Congress were accused of not doing enough to stop the killing of Lankan Tamil civilians. This trip could now help them to do some damage control.