Chennai, May 26 UNI | 2 months ago

Hundreds of students owing allegience to various outfits were apprehended for staging protest demonstrations in front several Central Government offices against the invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend the swaring-in function of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister today.

Mr Rajapaksa attended the ceremony along with Pakistan President Nawaz Shariff, Afghan leader Karzai and other SAARC leaders amidst protests.

Scores of lawyers and law college students across the state also participated in the agitation and boycotted court proceedings and classes, respectively. Several hundred fishermen belonging to various association in Coastal areas, including Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram and Rameshwaram also lodged their protest by hoisting black flags on top of their huts and houses. Students assembled outside the BJP head office in Chennai. They belonged to Tamil Youths and Students Federation, Tamil Nadu Students Movement, Balachandran Students Movement and Progressive Students Front.

The agitators also shouted slogans against Rajapaksa's visit to Delhi. Notably political parties in the state have also demanded withdrawal of the invitation to Rajapaksa saying his visit would deeply hurt the sentiments of the people of the as well as Tamils in other parts the world. Members of several pro Tamil groups also blocked suburban trains at Tambaram and nearby Tiruvallur tailway stations in protest.

The pro-EelamTamil homeland organisation May 17 Movement also joined the protests in the city.

(Posted on 27-05-2014)