Pro-Tamil Groups Protest Outside Actor Salman Khan's House

Tamil parties accuse Mr Rajapaksa of orchestrating war crimes in his country

Mumbai: Around 20 members of pro-Tamil group were detained from outside actor Salman Khan's Mumbai residence on Sunday morning. The group was protesting against Mr Khan's decision to campaign for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse in presidential elections to be held in the island nation later this month.

The protestors holding placards shouted, "Salman Khan down down" before being taken into custody by the Mumbai police.

The demonstration, outside Mr Khan's Galaxy apartments in suburban Mumbai, lasted nearly ten minutes.

Mr Khan had accompanied his Sri Lankan co-star Jacqueline Fernandez to Colombo on December 30, 2014 to campaign for Mr Rajapaksa on the invitation of the latter's son Namal, who is reportedly the actress' friend.

Tamil parties across the board, accuse the Lankan army along with Mr Rajapaksa of orchestrating war crimes during the nation's 26-year-old civil war. "He is a betrayer," said Vaiko of the MDMK, who is part of the BJP-led ruling NDA.

Mr Rajapakse is contesting for a third stint as Sri Lanka President. This is reportedly the first time that a Bollywood actor has been roped in for a poll campaign in Sri Lanka.
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