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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrives in the Indian capital on Thursday on a three-day visit, his first visit abroad after assuming office, and will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Ahead of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s visit to New Delhi, a regional Indian politician protested in the national capital against his visit.

    The police detained Vaiko, founder-General Secretary of a regional political group in the southern Tamil Nadu State and a member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament, along with about 150 of his supporters.

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    India’s Regional Politician Detained for Protesting Sri Lankan President’s Visit

    Before his detention, Vaiko claimed the conditions of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka were worse than during the Nazi era Germany and Poland.

    “Their army has become more attentive in the Tamil areas. I suggest India should not get cheated by Sri Lanka. Gotabaya Rajapaksa will never establish a friendship with India because of their geopolitical interests which will be supported by China and Pakistan,” said Vailko.

    Vaiko said India should not forget the killing of 40,000 Tamils in 2009 by the Sri Lankan Military, then headed by Rajapaksa.

    Protesters could be seen holding placards which read “Tamils Need Justice Punish Rajapaksa Brothers, Killers of Tamils”, “Tamils Never Forgive the Killers”.

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    India’s Regional Politician Detained for Protesting Sri Lankan President’s Visit

    Rajapaksa, the younger brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and the former defence secretary of Sri Lanka, was sworn-in as the island nation's seventh president for a five-year term earlier this month after winning the election by securing over 52 percent of the vote.

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    India’s Regional Politician Detained for Protesting Sri Lankan President’s Visit

    He rose to fame during the final stage of the civil war, which lasted from 1983 and 2009, while taking part in the defeat of Tamil separatists during the final stage of the civil war, which lasted from 1983 to 2009, against the Tamil Tigers who were fighting for independence.

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