Tamil journalists attacked during Rajapaksa's Tirupathi visit - MDMK, PMK unhappy
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The News Minute | December 10, 2014 | 01:37 pm IST An attack on Tamil journalists by Andhra police while covering a protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinde Rajapaksa to Tirupathi has been criticized by parties in Tamil Nadu. Police prevented many activists entering from Tamil Nadu into Andhra Pradesh from protesting againt the Sri Lankan Presidentâ€™s visit, and stopped atleast 75 vehicles carrying over 250 people along the TN-AP border near Sullurpet, reported PTI. However, around 130 protesters were arrested along with journalists from Tamil Nadu covering the event. MDMK party leader Vaiko who recently came out of the NDA alliance at the centre condemned the arrest and said that black flags would be shown to Modi if he entered Tamil Nadu. "Whenever Modi comes to Tamil Nadu, we will show black flag to him. Modi is the one who brought Rajapaksa here. Even then, Andhra chief minister should not have allowed him to visit Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. Rajapaksa destructed around 1,500 temples in Sri Lanka constructed by the Sri Lankan Tamils," he said. During the protests and the following arrests, journalists belonging to regional news channels were arrested and then let out. Cameras and other equipment handled by the journalists were also damaged. Another ally of the BJP in Tamil Nadu, PMK too reacted strongly to the attack and arrest. PMK chief Dr. Ramadoss said that despite Sri Lanka refusing to release Indian fishermen and their boats, the Centre has arranged for the temple honours to be provided to Rajapaksa despite objections from Tamil Nadu. In the latest series of arrests by Sri Lanka, 43 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy and their five boats seized.