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MP: Vaiko detained ahead of SL President's visit

Sep 21, 2012 08:34 AM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: MDMK General Secretary Vaiko was on Thursday night stopped by the Madhya Pradesh police from entering into Sanchi where the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to inaugurate a Buddhist University on Friday.

Vaiko had called for a black flag demonstration in Sanchi against Rajapaksa for the alleged violation of rights of ethnic Tamils in the country during its war against the Liberation Tigers of Talim Eelam (LTTE).

A supporter of Vaiko called for a war crimes trial against Rajapaksa for the alleged brutalities against the Tamils residing in Sri Lanka. "We want Rajapaksa tried for war crimes against Tamils." He added, "We are here voluntarily. The police hasn't detained us. They are here for our protection."

The MDMK supporters were reportedly detained by the police in Chhindwara. Many were questioned and reportedly sent back to Bhopal.

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