Police stop anti-Rajapaksa protesters from entering MP
The protesters were heading to Sanchi to protest the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for laying the foundation stone of the International Buddhist University there.
Bhopal: The convoy of buses carrying MDMK supporters led by its general secretary Vaiko, protesting the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Sanchi, was stopped at Pandhurna on Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh border in Chhindwara district today, police said.
As the convoy reached the state border near Pandhurna, police stopped the cavalcade and prevented it from entering Madhya Pradesh.
"Police have stopped the MDMK convoy at the border and prevented it from moving further," Inspector General (IG) Jabalpur Range, V Madhu Kumar, told PTI.
Vaiko was heading to Sanchi to protest the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for laying the foundation stone of the International Buddhist University there on September 21.
The MDMK is against the visit as it blames Rajapaksa for the alleged atrocities on Tamils and violation of their rights in the island nation.
Vaiko had announced that he will show black flags to the visiting President.
MDMK leader Nanmaran also said the convoy was stopped at Pandhurna by the state police which was not allowing it to go further.
Vaiko along with hundreds of his supporters has been protesting for the past three days against the Rajapaksa's visit to Sanchi alleging him of atrocities against Tamils in the island nation.
MDMK chief Vaiko on Wednesday sought criminal prosecution of a Sri Lankan envoy under sedition charges for allegedly trying to instigate north Indians against the people of Tamil Nadu.
The protestors also demanded that India support a US-sponsored motion against Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council, and raised slogans against island country President Mahinda Rajapakse.