Bhopal: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will land in the Madhya Pradesh capital on Friday to lay the foundation stone of Buddhist and Indic Studies University at Sanchi near here amid looming threat of protest by Tamilian party MDMK and enhanced security arrangements.
    
Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav and the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will receive Rajapaksa at the Raja Bhoj airport in the morning, official sources said.
    
From there, the Srilankan President will fly in a helicopter to Sanchi, around 45 km from here, where the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Madhya Pradesh Culture and Public Relations Minister Laxmikant Sharma will receive him.
    
Sanchi falls under the Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency represented by Swaraj.
    
According to sources, before laying the foundation stone for the Buddhist University, the President will visit Holy Relics and Sanchi Stupa and also took part in a public meeting.
    
Rajapaksa will also visit Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka at Sanchi before leaving for Delhi via Bhopal.
    
Elaborate security arrangements are put in place for the Srilankan President's visit in view of the protest by the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK).
    
Borders of Sanchi town have been sealed and trains that have scheduled stoppage at Sanchi will not stop there as part of the security measure.
    
MDMK has threatened to waive black flags at Rajapaksa over alleged killings of Tamils and suppression of their rights in the island nation.
    
Meanwhile, Inspector General (Jabalpur Range) Madhukumar said that so far the agitation being held by MDMK general secretary Vaiko and his supporters is peaceful and the protesters have not crossed the barricades.
    
They would not be arrested as long as they remained inside the marked area, the IG added.
    
Vaiko, along with his supporters, is holding the road-blockade agitation near Gadchicholi on the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh border since Wednesday.
    
Vaiko had said that the demonstrators will stay put in protest against Rajapaksa's visit to Sanchi and will take a decision on the course of agitation on Friday.
    
MDMK workers detained
    

Meanwhile, over a dozen people from Tamil Nadu, including MDMK workers, were taken into preventive custody from Vidisha and Salamatpur near Sanchi ahead of the visit of Lankan President.

While seven suspects were held late on Wednesday night when they arrived at Vidisha railway station in the view of Rajapaksa's visit, nearly half a dozen MDMK supporters were detained on Thursday at Salamatpur near Sanchi as a precautionary measure, police said.
    
Those taken into custody at Vidisha told police that they belonged to Tiruchirapalli in Tamilnadu and had "mistakenly" boarded the GT Express and alighted at Agra instead of Vidisha.
        
Police are trying to find out their motive behind visiting Vidisha, Singh said.
    
Police had on Thursday picked up five-six persons belonging to Tamil Nadu when they failed to give satisfactory response to their presence at Salamatpur, close to Sanchi town in Raisen district, security in-charge for the visit of Rajapaksa and Inspector General (IG) Hoshangabad range, Ajay Sharma has said.
    
One of them identified as Durai Balkrishnan, who is suffering from hypertension was admitted to Hamidia Hospital, Bhopal for treatment, police sources added.
    
After questioning the supporters, police sent them back to Bhopal, the IG said, adding the security has been beefed up between Bhopal and Sanchi in view of the high-profile visit.

(Agencies)

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