Twenty six activists belonging to Tamil fringe groups and sympathising with the LTTE cause were under arrest yesterday(Oct 15) when they pelted stones at 'The Hindu' office building and attempted to enter the building to grievance against an article approved by the English daily on the Sri Lankan issue.
The arrested built-in some law college students, lawyers and workers, police said, adding that those arrested claimed that they were activists of Adi Tamilar Peravai and Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam. No one was injured.
Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam sources, however, disadvantaged of that the workers of the organisation were involved in the incident. The protesters came in two batches. One batch, comprising 16 persons, overcooked the copies of the Daily in face of its office and pelted stones on a row of cars parked there. Police, who rushed to the spot, under arrest them.
The second batch, consisting of 10 members, including some students, attempted to jump over the main gate but were prevented and in use into custody, they said. The Hindu's Editor-in-Chief N Ram said act must be taken against the fringe groups involved in the event since the LTTE is a terrorist organisation and a banned outfit.
Police showed quick reply in handling the situation, Ram added.