Lucknow: Yogendra Misra, the district President of the Congress in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, has sent his resignation to party President Rahul Gandhi, owning moral responsibility for Gandhi’s defeat. Misra, in a letter, said that it was his responsibility to ensure the Congress victory in Amethi and he had failed to accomplish the task. Hence he felt that he should take moral responsibility for the same. Earlier in the day, Uttar Pradesh Congress President Raj Babbar also offered to resign, claiming moral responsibility for the poor performance of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh where the party won just one of the 80 seats. Informed sources said that any decision on these resignations would be taken after the Congress Working Committee meets.
Sampanthan said if such old practices continued by the investigators, the government would have to answer to the UN Human Rights Council when they meet shortly. Juan E. Mendez, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on torture, who undertook a nine-day fact finding mission to Sri Lanka earlier this month told reporters last week that he had heard testimony that between 16,000 and 22,000 people had gone missing during the conflict and its immediate aftermath and that Sri Lanka’s criminal and terrorism investigators were still resorting to torturing suspects. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has called on the Government to take immediate action against investigators who were accused of torturing and sexually abusing suspects.Leader of the opposition and the Tamil National Alliance, R. Sampanthan, told Xinhua that recent findings by UN Human Rights Officials who had visited the country were “disturbing” and it was the responsibility of the government to probe their statements and stop such old practices. “Although the whole system cannot be blamed, there are certain individuals who are responsible for torture. It is necessary for the government to ensure that these practices stop immediately. They should commence an immediate probe,” he said.The Government has pledged to conduct an investigation into the findings of the UN to ensure that there is no room for recurrence. (Colombo Gazette)