Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the famous hill temple of Lord Venkateswara on Tuesday as part of his two-day pilgrimage.
On his arrival at the posh Padmavati guest house, he was accorded a warm reception by TTD JEO K.S. Srinivasa Raju, Collector Siddharth Jain, Tirupati (Urban) SP Gopinath Jetti, Dy EO (R) Venkataiah and other officials.
Fearing protests from Tamil groups, the district police had made unprecedented security arrangements for Mr. Rajapaksa’s visit. Forces were deployed at Renigunta, Tirupati and Tirumala.
In the morning, a person identified as Kumaran from Tiruvallur was picked up by the police at the Renigunta railway station. Believed to be a sympathiser of the Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi, he shouted slogans against Mr. Rajapaksa and the Sri Lankan government’s ‘genocide’ of Tamils. Some protesters, believed to be members of the VCK, were arrested at the Ambedkar Circle in the city when they tried to hold a demonstration.