Tamil Nadu bans pro-Eelam meet

A pro-Tamil Eelam public meeting, which was to be held in Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu today and participated by JKLF leader Yasin Malik among others, was banned by police after the organisers put up banners carrying pictures of slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran, the Press Trust of India reported.

Police withdrew the permission granted to Naam Tamizhar Katchi headed by film director Seeman to hold the meeting in support of separate Tamil Eelam as the organisers violated certain conditions, DSP Radhika told reporters.

The party violated the conditions and erected banners and pasted posters with photographs of Prabhakaran all over the town, she said.

Police removed the banners and posters and served a notice on the organisers demanding an explanation, Inspector of Police V Ramachandran said.

Arriving here shortly after the police announced the ban, Seeman, who was accompanied by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader Malik, went into a huddle with party leaders at a marriage hall on the outskirts of the town.

Seeman had invited Malik among others to attend the meeting.

Police said the leaders were holding an indoor meeting at the hall.

A tense situation prevailed in the town and police pickets had been posted.