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Vaiko, supporters detained for anti-Rajapaksa protest

MDMK demanding that government should close down the Sri Lankan High Commission in the capital
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First Published: Fri, Feb 08 2013. 09 54 PM IST
MDMK leader Vaiko addresses party workers during a protest against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s forthcoming visit to India, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: PTI
MDMK leader Vaiko addresses party workers during a protest against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s forthcoming visit to India, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: PTI
New Delhi: MDMK chief Vaiko and his supporters were on Friday detained when they tried to march towards the Prime Minister’s residence in protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the country.
Vaiko and scores of his supporters have been protesting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi since morning demanding that India close down the Sri Lankan High Commission in the capital.
“We will not forgive the Manmohan Singh government for supporting Sri Lanka in its war against Tamils,” Vaiko said, addressing his supporters.
Later, Vaiko along with his cadre tried marching towards the residence of Prime Minister in Race Course Road but were stopped near Parliament Street Police Station. However, when Vaiko tried to break the barricade, he was detained.
At the protest, the MDMK cadre shouted slogans against Rajapaksa’s visit and burnt his effigy.
The Sri Lankan President, accompanied by his wife Shiranthi Rajpaksa and a 70-member delegation, arrived at the the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya early this morning for pilgrimage. He would offer prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala tomorrow.
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First Published: Fri, Feb 08 2013. 09 54 PM IST
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