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A Sri Lankan minister was on Thursday forced to cancel his participation in a function Coimbatore and leave the city based on police advice shortly before Tamil Eelam supporters staged a protest against his visit.

Sri Lankan agriculture minister Reginald Cooray left the city on Thursday morning for Chennai without attending the function at the Sugarcane Breeding Institute in Coimbatore after police advised him to move apparently getting wind of the planned protest.

Apparently unaware that Cooray had left the city, around 50 workers of MDMK, Periyar Dravida Kazhagam, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal and other outfits gathered in front of the hotel where he had checked in on Wednesday night on arrival and raised slogans against him and the Sri Lankan Government over the alleged war crimes against Tamils in the island.

All the activists were arrested, police said. About an hour before the protest, police escorted Cooray to the airport from where he took a flight to Chennai, they said.

In January, Thirukumaran Nadesan, brother-in-law of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had to face  protests in Rameswaram.
Citing the protests, chief minister Jayalalithaa had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in March last to discourage frequent visits by Sri Lankan VIPs to Tamil Nadu and allow such visits only after consulting the state government.

District and police officials refused to state whether they had prior knowledge about Cooray's visit. (Source: Hindustan Times)
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  • archimedes Friday, 08 June 2012 05:38 AM

    would this happen in sri lanka? the indian govt should provide better protection.

    reader Thursday, 07 June 2012 11:39 AM

    why do out people keep going to this shit hole called TN

    BANDULA Thursday, 07 June 2012 11:36 AM

    Weldone Tamil Nadu people brothers.

    Saskia Friday, 08 June 2012 06:29 AM

    If it was in SL, the person would be abducted and killed.

    Gopi Thursday, 07 June 2012 11:43 AM

    Better Sri Lankan officials including president not to go anywhere. Or just visit Iran and China

    Looks like Sri Lankan officials are not welcomed

    Andy Sydney Thursday, 07 June 2012 11:44 AM

    What these idiotic ministers are doing in India, they must boycott all Indian invitation until Indians drop their tribal racial mindset.

    Black Mamba Thursday, 07 June 2012 12:11 PM

    How about inviting Jayalalitha over here and give her a good welcome that we Sri Lankans are famous for. Maybe she could be accompanied by Karu!

    Kondeybendapucheena Thursday, 07 June 2012 12:27 PM

    Stay away from Tamil Nadu

    jacoob Friday, 08 June 2012 08:13 AM

    I have no problem in that being your consolation prize. esp from a person from the miracle of asia..

    silva Friday, 08 June 2012 08:35 AM

    No SL president can visit siria ,Burma and of course Zimbabwe

    Silva Friday, 08 June 2012 03:57 AM

    Will it start happening here too ??

    Savindranath Saturday, 09 June 2012 05:06 PM

    I have no understanding why people ever visit this "hell-hole" called Tamil Nadu for any reason whatever ? This should be kept essentially as the dumping ground for LTTE thugs and their supporters ......... dirty place not worth even a doggie going their to do his "business" !!!

    pension kaaraya Friday, 08 June 2012 05:14 AM

    "what we receiving is what we cultivated".

    Dinesh Friday, 08 June 2012 05:26 AM

    If LTTE is banned in India how come LTTE supporters stage protests. India is a Banana Republic


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