Over 1,000 MDMK supporters led by the party’s general secretary Vaiko were stopped early on Wednesday on their way to Sanchi near Pandhurna on the Madhya Pradesh-Maharashtra border to protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
Jabalpur range Inspector General V. Madhu Kumar told PTI the police would take action if the protesters tried to proceed towards Bhopal.
President Rajapaksa will be in Sanchi on Friday to lay the foundation for the International Buddhist University.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan writing to Vaiko earlier said the setting up of the Sanchi University is an attempt to bring the civilisations of Asian countries closer [and] will promote cross-pollination of ideas between ancient Indian thought and the thriving Buddhist culture in various countries of Asia.
The chief Minister urged MDMK general secretary to regard the event as a constructive step towards promoting peace and harmony across countries of Asia and asked him to call off the protest against President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s scheduled visit to Sanchi for laying the foundation stone of International Buddhist University.