Chhindwara (MP): MDMK workers heading for Sanchi near Bhopal to protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa there are likely to be arrested by Madhya Pradesh Police in Pandhurna town bordering Maharashtra.

Rajapaksa is scheduled to participate in the foundation- laying ceremony of International Buddhist University at Sanchi on Friday.

MDMK supporters, led by the party General Secretary Vaiko, are arriving in several buses to Sanchi from Tamil Nadu to stage protest against the Sri Lankan President over alleged atrocities on Tamils in the island nation.

Pandhurna has been converted into a police camp with more than 1,000 policemen deployed in the town to arrest MDMK workers, official sources said.

The MDMK workers are likely to reach Pandhurna in Chhindwara district, about 500km from Bhopal, late on Tuesday night.

Chhindwara Collector Mahesh Chandra Choudhary and Superintendent of Police Purshottam Sharma were camping in Pandhurna and they are going to be joined by Divisional Commissioner Deepak Khandekar and Inspector General Madhu Kumar.

Police have barricaded the road leading from the Maharashtra border to Pandhurna. A temporary jail has been set up in the town to house the MDMK workers, the sources said.


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