Some 600 Tamil activists were arrested today for allegedly attempting to march to the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington in Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu, where two Sri Lankan defence personnel are undergoing training, the Press Trust of India.
Protesting against the training, the activists demanded resignation of Defence Minister A.K. Antony for giving â€œfalseâ€ assurance that no Sri Lankan military personnel would be given training on Tamil Nadu soil.
The activists shouted slogans against the central government, which, they alleged, was taking an anti-Tamil stand. They also burnt the effigies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa besides the Sri Lankan national flag. Police said the activists were stopped some three km from the college and arrested.
Talking to reporters, K. Ramakrishnan, General Secretary, Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhakam (TPDK), said like-minded parties and organisations have decided to stage demonstrations in front of Congress Offices in Tamil Nadu and also against Central Ministers from the state, dates for which would be announced later.
Besides TPDK, workers from Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, MDMK, Vanigar Sangam and Federation of Tamil National Students, participated in the demonstration, police said.