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16 ethnic Indians held in Malaysia for illegal protest

16 ethnic Indians held in Malaysia for illegal protest

Author: PTI
Publication: The Times of India
Date: September 6, 2009
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/world/indians-abroad/16-ethnic-Indians-held-in-Malaysia-for-illegal-protest/articleshow/4978458.cms

Sixteen ethnic Indian community members, including an Hindraf member, were on Sunday arrested for taking part in an illegal gathering here to protest against an incident which hurt their sentiments.

Police arrested the 16 people who were among those who tried to hold a candlelight vigil at the Independence Square here to protest against the act by a group during a protest over the relocation of a 150-year-old Hindu temple to a Muslim-majority neighbourhood.

P Uthayakumar of the Hindraf, who was detained under the controversial Internal Security Act for more than a year and released recently, was among those who were arrested for holding the protest without permission.

Police said the protesters were carrying banners and roses and had refused to disperse when asked them to do so. "Those arrested were held at the Dang Wangi police headquaters," police said.

Meanwhile, youth wing of the Malaysian Indian Congress has demanded that former chief minister of Selangor state Mohd Khir Toyo retract his comments on the incident.

MIC social and welfare bureau chief S Subramaniam said the comments were insulting to Hindus and warned Khir's comments could further damage the ruling BNP's image.

"He must immediately retract his statement and issue a public apology," said Subramaniam, who has also lodged a police report on the matter.

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