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Oct 23, 2008 at 07:49pm IST

Vaiko arrested for pro-LTTE speeches

Chennai: In a sudden development, Marumalarchi DMK (MDMK) General Secretary Vaiko was arrested on Wednesday for openly supporting the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and favouring 'secessionist moves".

The MDMK leader, a staunch supporter of LTTE, was arrested at his Anna Nagar residence this evening by the Tamil Nadu 'Q' branch police, dealing with extremists and terrorists outfits.

The Police action followed Mr Vaiko's fiery speech at a public meeting here on October 21 on "What is happening in Sri Lanka".

Vaiko had declared that he would support even an armed struggle for the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils.

" UPA headed by Manmohan has betrayed the Tamils. It is helping the Srilankan govt to perpetuate genocide," says Vaiko.

Amidst high drama, Vaiko was arrested at his residence and whisked away by the police. It was not immediately known whether he is being taken to a court for production.

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