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* Indian Tamils protest Amitabh Bachchan's visit to Sri Lanka
Sun, Apr 25, 2010, 08:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 25, Mumbai: Hundreds of Tamils shouting slogans took to the streets outside the residence of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan in Mumbai today (April 25).

Indian media reported that the protesters were showing their agitation against his decision to visit Sri Lanka as chief guest for the India International Films Awards (IIFA) function in June.

"We urge him not to attend the function in Colombo as a symbol of solidarity for the Tamilian cause in Sri Lanka. Tamils have been subject to atrocities and war crimes perpetrated by the Mahinda Rajapaksa government in that country," the Indo Aryan News Service said quoting the spokesperson for the protesters.

The protesters have marched from Bachchan's Pratiksha bungalow to his Jalsa residence and a delegation has met the superstar and two IIFA officials to convey their disapproval of his visit to the island nation.

Mr. Bachchan has reportedly assured the protestors that he would convey the sentiments of Tamils to the IIFA governing board and take a suitable decision.

Sri Lanka has been chosen as this year's venue to host the India's premier movie award event from June 3-5.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa warmly welcomed the Bollywood star and his delegation last Tuesday (April 20) at the President's House.


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