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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hindraf leader held ahead of ‘Interlok’ protest

Uthayakumar (centre) at a Hindraf protest against PKR last year. - file pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Police detained Hindraf founder P. Uthayakumar this morning ahead of a mass protest scheduled to take place at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) shopping centre from 9am.

His wife S. Indradevi confirmed with The Malaysian Insider that the former Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee was picked up outside his home in Pantai Hillpark at about 7.45am, just as he was about to leave for the protest.

“About seven policemen cornered him the moment he left.

“They took him to the police contingent headquarters near Pudu,” she said when contacted.

Indradevi however confirmed that the protest would go on as planned despite Uthayakumar’s arrest.

“Rest assured, we will go on with it. It will not be called off,” she said.

The outlawed group is staging a protest this morning to voice Indian outrage over the use of the controversial Interlok novel in schools.

Police had earlier warned that legal action would be taken against anyone attending the gathering.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said that no permit had been given for the gathering, and anyone attending would be breaking the law.

The group’s application for a permit had earlier been rejected on grounds that it would jeopardise public safety and order.

Meanwhile, police gathered as early as 8am outside the KLCC complex, blocking those attempting to gather in the area, especially those garbed in orange clothing.

At about 8.45am, three persons were seen ushered into a police truck, believed to have been detained on suspicion that they were part of the protest.


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