Activists of Periyar Sindanaiyalargal Iyyakkam attempted to stage a mock funeral procession, protesting against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s proposed participation in a military conference in Sri Lanka next week.
Nearly 50 activists of the outfit assembled near the Singaravelar statue with a “paadai” and an effigy of Swamy on it along with the BJP flags. The activists were seen beating it with chappals. Police stopped them when they tried to move ahead with it. The activists and police personnel were engaged in a scuffle as cops were firm on not allowing the protesters to go ahead with the stir.
Then the activists tried to bury the effigy in the nearby sewage, but police snatched it away from them. The activists then dispersed.
It may be recalled that BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had been nominated to represent India in the military conference in Sri Lanka, which will be held from August 18 to 20. Swamy himself had said in Madurai a few days back that he would definitely participate in the international conference organised in Sri Lanka.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi and MDMK leader Vaiko had urged the Centre not to send an Indian delegation to the conference. (Indian Express)