A seminar in Chennai on Sri Lankan refugees in India turned ugly with a protestor flinging a footwear at former national security adviser M K Narayanan on Wednesday evening. Narayanan was coming down the dais after his speech when he was hit by the footwear on the back.
Members of the audience and police overpowered the man, later identified as Prabhakar, 35, a native of Pudukottai, and escorted Narayanan out of the hall. Following protest calls from pro-Eelam outfits against Narayanan's visit, police had frisked every member of the audience at Music Academy, the venue. Despite the tight police security, Prabhakar had gained entry into the seminar hall, entering his name in the registry as 'Ragavan' of Pudukottai.
Those present in the hall said the man walked up to the dais as Narayanan was coming back to his seat on the front row, and flung the footwear at him.
While he was being taken away, the man raised slogans that Narayanan was the reason for the massacre of 1.5 lakh Tamils in Sri Lanka and that he had been adviser to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The Indian police registered a case and arrested Prabhakar.