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LTTE 'supporter' Vaiko sent to 15-day custody for sedition

News Agencies | Updated on: 3 April 2017, 14:48 IST

Senior Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader V. Gopalsamy, also known as Vaiko, who was produced before a magistrate court in connection with a 2009 sedition case, has been sent to a 15-day judicial custody.

Case under Sections 124-A and 153 were filed against the MDMK leader by the Tamil Nadu Police for his speech in which he had warned that India would remain a united single country if the war against banned outift Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka was not stopped.

Vaiko has been a self-confessed supporter of LTTE chief Prabakaran and his idea of a separate homeland for Tamils and the Tamil Ealam.

Prabakaran founded a militant group called Tamil New Tigers in 1972 and the LTTE in 1976 and waged a prolonged war against the Sri Lankan Army in the backdrop of the ethnic strife, involving majority Sinhalas and minority Tamils. He was killed in a military offensive in May, 2009.

The LTTE, accused of assassinating former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, has been outlawed in India since 1992.


First published: 3 April 2017, 14:48 IST