Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Police on Tuesday took into preventive custody as many as 130 people from Tamil Nadu who tried to hold protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the temple town of Tirupati.
The protesters, including women, were picked up from near Tirupati and Renigunta town in Chittoor District and adjoining places. Some more agitators are likely to be taken into custody later in the night, a senior police officer said.
"We have rounded up 130 people near Tirupati and other places who tried to hold protest against the visit of Rajapaksa," Director General (Law & Order) R P Thakur told PTI tonight.
"We had information that some persons may try to create disturbance during the Sri Lankan President's visit and hence security was stepped up," he said, adding a strict vigil is being maintained to ensure protesters do not disrupt his programme.
The situation in areas bordering Tamil Nadu is peaceful, he said.
Earlier in the day, a group of protesters, carrying placards and flags, shouted slogans against Rajapaksa in Nellore district before heading back to Tamil Nadu, Deputy Superintendent of Police B Srinivas said.
The Lankan President arrived in Tirupati, over 500 km from here, by a special flight this afternoon.
He is slated to offer prayers to Lord Balaji at the famous Tirumala temple there early tomorrow morning and fly back to his country later in the day.