Members of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and Naam Tamizhar Katchi created tense moments for the police by managing to breach tight security and assembling on the railway track at Tiruchi junction to picket trains in protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India.
Due to the presence of the City Police Commissioner, Shailesh Kumar Yadav, other senior officials and a huge posse of police personnel at the entrance of the railway junction, the demonstrators had reportedly entered in the guise of passengers, and regrouped upon entry.
Members of Periyar Thathuva Maiyam, Adhi Tamizhar Peravai and other pro-Eelam organisations staged their protests at Srirangam railway station where they arrived by the Lalgudi passenger train in the guise of commuters.
A group of students of Tiruchi Law College also attempted to set fire to an effigy of the Prime Minister for inviting Mr.Rajapaksa.
In all, over 150 persons who protested against the Sri Lankan President’s visit were arrested, sources said.
Pudhiya Tamizhagam members staged a demonstration in front of the district collectorate.