Chennai: Students' of various colleges in Tamil Nadu continued their protests for the seventh day today over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.
In Chennai, students of Dr Ambedkar Law College continued their hunger strike even as 20 students of IIT-Madras embarked on a similar protest inside their campus, police said.
Protests continued in various parts of the state, including Coimbatore and Tirunelveli, with students pressing for various demands, including an independent probe against Colombo for alleged human rights violantions and moving the International Court of Justice.
City-based Loyola College students had first embarked on a fast-unto-death last week on this emotive issue, with more and more students taking to various forms of protests, including hunger strike and boycott of classes.
Emotions in Tamil Nadu had surged especially after pictures by a private channel showed the alleged cold blooded killing of slain LTTE chief V Prabakaran's 12 year-old son, Balachandran.
Meanwhile, around 15 law students were arrested late last night for trying to stage a fast at the Marina beach here.
Today, protestors burnt effigies of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Mylapore area.
Security has been stepped up at Sri Lankan installations in Chennai, including the Mahabodhi Society, after some persons tried to stage a protest there.
Security has also been increased to the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission here.
The move came in the wake of a Sri Lankan priest being attacked by fringe pro-Tamil groups in Tanjavur on Saturday.
A Coimbatore report said one of the male students on fast swooned and was admitted to the Government Hospital here.
Police said the student suddenly swooned on the fast venue near the MDMK office and was immediately taken to hospital.
Meanwhile, 28 students of the Government Arts College at nearby Udhagamandalam also continued their indefinite fast for the second day today on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.
Source: Press Trust of India