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Tamil activists protest against Salman for supporting Rajapaksa

Salman Khan

By HT

Over a dozen Tamil activists staged protests against Salman Khan in front of his Mumbai residence on Sunday for supporting Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Tamil activists were upset with the  Bollywood superstar who recently visited Sri Lanka to campaign for Rajapaksa, ahead of the presidential election in the island-country.

CNN-IBN reported that the protesters waved flags of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and held up pictures of its late commander V Prabhakaran, before they were removed by the police.

The Rajapaksa regime is accused by human rights organisations of unleashing atrocities against Lankan Tamil civilians in the final stages of the civil war against the LTTE in 2008. Thousands of Tamils died and many more were driven to camps following the army crackdown.

"Police were present for protection at Salman's residence during the protest and a few people who protested have been detained by the police and  being questioned,"  a police official from Bandra station told IANS.

Security has been increased outside Salman's Galaxy apartment because of the protest, which began Sunday morning.

Salman had visited Sri Lanka along with his "Kick" co-star Jacqueline Fernandez, who is a former Sri Lankan beauty queen.