LTTE Chief Prabhakaran's son grilled before being killed?

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Chennai, Mar 13: A day after the world was stunned after a news documentary shows the dead body of Prabhakaran's 12-year-old son with five bullets and gives and insight into the Lankan war crimes, speculations are rife that Balachandran was interrogated before he was shot down with five bullet holes to the chest. [UPDATE: Prabhakaran son's killing: Gruesome video screened]

"We have obtained a sworn affidavit from a senior Sri Lankan officer. He suggests that the boy was interrogated about his father's whereabouts and then killed. He had been sent with five escorts to surrender. I got to know at the latter stages they had found where Prabhakaran is, through his son and subsequently I got to know that they had been killed. Evidence that the shooting of the 12-year-old boy was an execution rather than a combat injury can be seen in these high resolution photographs of the dead body. Is there any evidence that this child was tortured? Evidently, they were trying to get information out of him. There is no indication on the body of physical torture. But we can imagine the situation he was in, with five dead male bodies by the side who may have been killed before he was killed. There is no evidence that he was blindfolded. He was shot by someone standing in front of him with the barrel within a few feet from his body. That would be psychological torture in itself," said Calleum Macrae. [Read: Now Kanimozhi wants justice for Prabhakaran's dead son]

"The boy's name is Balachandran Prabhakaran; he is the son of the LTTE leader, Vellupillai Prabakaran. He has been executed in cold blood," said Macrae, in an interview to the Independent newspaper. [Read: Prabhakaran son killing video authentic]

He also said that the video "seems to have been shot [as] a grotesque trophy video by Sri Lankan forces."

Meanwhile, there was an uproar in the Parliament over the issue of barbarities by the Lankan forces.

"The government has to take a stand on Sri Lanka, it is an issue of war crime and Human Rights violation. We want the Prime Minister to respond," said CPI leader, D Raja.

"PM has written a letter to Karunanidhi and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, the date is not yet fixed. We do not support any specific resolution for a particular country. We will determine a time to discuss this after discussions with the human rights team," said Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee talking over the issue.

Sri Lanka rejected the claims made by documentary that the force was involved in atrocities against the Tamils in the country.

"The UN reported that over 40,000 people died in weeks. This is appalling. India has a great opportunity to raise this at UN General Assembly. India as a neighbour must act at least now," said Suren Surendiran, spokesperson, Global Tamil Forum.

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