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Vaiko denied entry into Malaysia for alleged LTTE links


MDMK general secretary Vaiko was on Friday detained by the immigration officials at the Kuala Lumpur Airport on the grounds that he was “in the list of dangerous persons posing threat to the country.”

Officials also took possession of his passport and he was  deported to India immediately  along with his secretary Arunagiri.

“He went to attend the marriage reception of the daughter of deputy Chief Minister of Penang state P. Ramasamy. He applied for visa and the Malaysian embassy granted the same last week,” a press release from the MDMK headquarters said.

When he landed at the Kuala Lumpur Airport, he was informed about the ban on his entry into Malaysia and he was taken to immigration officials.

“They asked me a few questions about the LTTE. When they told me that some cases are pending against me in Sri Lanka, I denied the allegations. Even after I showed my valid passport, they refused to accept,” he informed partymen in Chennai.

Mr Ramasamy also met Mr Vaiko and told him that his name was in the list of dangerous persons. “Even the intervention of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng failed to convince the immigration officials, who made it clear that they had directions from Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia,” the party said.

Subsequently, Mr Vaiko was seated in a place where he cannot be met by anyone. Though officials requested Mr Vaiko to eat something he rejected their offer. He was deported by the 10.45 p.m. flight yesterday itself to Chennai.

Expressing disappointment over this incident, Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Tamilisai Soundararajan  said that the issue needed to be enquired thoroughly.

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