Vaiko: MDMK party founder denied entry into Malaysia
Alleged contacts of Vaiko with LTTE, authorities deny permission in Malaysia. Photograph: (ANI)
V Gopalsamy, also known as Vaiko, founder of the political party Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), was denied entry into Malaysia on Friday at Kuala Lumpur airport. He was interrogated by officials for his alleged links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
In this video below, MDMK supporters protest in front of the Malaysian Consulate in Chennai.
The LTTE, founded by Velupillai Prabhakaran in 1976, is a terrorist organisation based in northeastern Sri Lanka seeking to establish an independent Tamil state.
Ramasamy Palanisamy, deputy chief minister of Malaysian state Panag, invited Vaiko to attend his daughter's wedding on June 10.
Vaiko's name featured in the list of people who are dangerous. After hours of questioning he was denied permission to enter Malaysia.
Airport authorities specified that Vaiko is a member of LTTE. He will be returning Chennai tonight. LTTE has been accused of assassinating India's former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, and since then the group has been outlawed in India.