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Security tightened ahead of Rajapaksa's visit to Sanchi today

Sep 21, 2012 08:00 IST

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Vidisha, MP: Over a dozen people from Tamil Nadu, including MDMK workers, were taken into preventive custody from Vidisha and Salamatpur near Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh where Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will lay foundation stone for the Buddhist and Indic Studies University today.

While seven suspects were held late last night when they arrived at Vidisha railway station in the view of Rajapaksa's visit, nearly half a dozen MDMK supporters were detained yesterday at Salamatpur near Sanchi as a precautionary measure, police said.

Those taken into custody at Vidisha told police that they belonged to Tiruchirapalli in Tamilnadu and had "mistakenly" boarded the GT Express and alighted at Agra instead of Vidisha.

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"They said they took Gondwana Express to reach Vidisha, ASP Rai Singh told reporters.

Police are trying to find out their motive behind visiting Vidisha, Singh said.

Police had yesterday picked up five-six persons belonging to Tamil Nadu when they failed to give satisfactory response to their presence at Salamatpur, close to Sanchi town in Raisen district, security in-charge for the visit of Rajapaksa and Inspector General (IG) Hoshangabad range, Ajay Sharma has said.

One of them identified as Durai Balkrishnan, who is suffering from hypertension was admitted to Hamidia Hospital, Bhopal for treatment, police sources added.

After questioning the supporters, police sent them back to Bhopal, the IG said, adding the security has been beefed up between Bhopal and Sanchi in view of the high-profile visit.

To ensure that no Tamil protesters reached the venue, security measures have been tightened on all the entry points
to Sanchi. Also, security agencies have asked railway authorities not to halt 11 trains anywhere between Bhopal and
Vidisha on September 21 to prevent entry of those who may try to cause trouble in the programme.

MDMK general secretary Vaiko, along with his supporters, is holding the road-blockade agitation near Gadchicholi on the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh border since yesterday against the scheduled visit of the Sri Lankan president.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had appealed to Vaiko to give up the protest as the programme
was totally apolitical in nature and aimed at strengthening mutual ties between the Asian nations.

PTI