Officials of the ‘Q’ Branch CID of the Tamil Nadu police on Thursday arrested Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or MDMK party's general secretary Vaiko on charges of 'sedition'. The MDMK presidium chairman and former Union Minister, M. Kannappan, was also arrested at his native village Alampalayam near Pollachi on the same charges.
Vaiko was arrested at his Anna Nagar residence, was produced in a city court and remanded to judicial custody till November 6. Lodged in the Puzhal Central prison.
The charges are based on the speeches at a party meeting on the Sri Lankan issue in Chennai on October 21. Mr. Vaiko warned that extending help to protect Sri Lanka’s integrity would jeopardise the unity and integrity of India. He said he would be ready to take up arms and fight for the Tamils in the island nation. Mr. Kannappan, who presided over the meeting, warned the Centre not to force Tamils in Tamil Nadu to struggle for a separate country.