38 held in Chennai for protesting death of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka

January 30th, 2009 - 1:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Jan 30 (IANS) At least 38 people were arrested Friday for protesting the killing of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka, police said. The protesters were on a road leading to the Sri Lanka’s deputy high commissioner’s office here.Most of the arrested are students, according to the police.

Staff at the deputy high commissioner’s office did not see or hear the protests, but saw it on television news, diplomatic sources said. The sources added that they have full confidence in the law and order machinery of Tamil Nadu.

Security had been tightened outside the mission in south Chennai Thursday after a man set himself on fire outside a building housing central government offices to protest the killing of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka, triggering a mob attack on a Bank of Ceylon branch.

A sub-inspector and three constables have been placed under suspension for the attack on the bank.

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