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In Pondy to talk on Tamil culture, Tarun Vijay faces students'

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

A group of students created a flutter at University today when they raised slogans against leader Tarun Vijay over his purported remarks against South Indians recently.

Commotion prevailed at the University auditorium when the students shouted slogans against the former MP who had arrived to deliver a talk on Tamil culture.

However, the students were whisked away from the venue by the police.

Around 20 students were taken into custody and released later, Superintendent of Police S Venkatasamy said.

Sources said the leader was there to participate for an event on birth anniversary celebrations of Dr

Earlier in the day, Vijay had visited the government-run Bharathiyar Palkalaikoodam, a multi-cultural institution offering courses in fine arts.

Later, he told reporters that steps would be taken to digitise the documents and letters of nationalist poet Subramania Bharati.

The leader had on April 7 kicked up a row after he appeared to suggest during a panel discussion on a channel that Indians cannot be called racist as they live with those from south India who are "black".

The BJP leader's controversial comments had sparked an outrage.

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First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 21:57 IST