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Tamil protesters against Rajapaksa visit stopped at Andhra border

Andhra Pradesh police on Tuesday prevented several activists from Tamil Nadu, who wanted to stage a protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the temple town of Tirupati, from entering the state.



Nellore: Andhra Pradesh police on Tuesday prevented several activists from Tamil Nadu, who wanted to stage a protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the temple town of Tirupati, from entering the state.

Police stopped a convoy of 75 vehicles, carrying over 250 persons including women, on Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border near Sullurpet in the district.

The protesters, carrying placards and flags, shouted slogans against Rajapaksa before heading back to Tamil Nadu, said Deputy Superintendent of Police B Srinivas.

Andhra police have tightened security in the border areas. The roads leading Tirupati from Tamil Nadu have been closed.

Rajapaksa arrived in Tirupati by a special flight this afternoon. He is slated to offer prayers at the famous Tirumala temple there early tomorrow morning.

"A full-fledged security arrangement has been made. Rajapaksa is scheduled to fly back to Sri Lanka tomorrow after offering prayers to Lord Balaji," Deputy Superintendent of Police Ravishankar Reddy told PTI.  

From Zee News

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