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Expensive Big Macs for the Tamil Hunger striker PDF Print E-mail
Parameswaran Subramaniyan lay in a tent outside the Houses of Parliament as Tamils protested about the plight of relatives under attack in Sri Lanka for weeks. His supporters claimed at one stage that Subramaniyan was 'critically weak'.

Subramaniyan was at the centre of one of the longest-running demonstrations ever had in front of the British parliament getting vast publicity in the media carrying his photo as the “hero” hungering for his fellow Tamils caught up in the War in Sri Lanka.

Finally the protest ended in June leaving the British police with an overtime bill of 7.1 million pounds. This was revealed yesterday at the press conference in London.

Yesterday at the press conference it was made public that hunger striker Mr. Subramaniyan, 28, had filled his hunger strike ordeal secretly by eating McDonald's Big Macs and burgers. A special surveillance team of Scotland Yard had used special equipment to monitor and had been shocked to witness when Parameswaran Subramaniyan had eaten all the secret Big Mac deliveries.

A British police source said: 'In view of the overtime bill, this has got to be most expensive Big Mac ever.'
Senior sources said police decided not to pull out the bogus hunger striker out of his tent, to prevent a riot. As it was such a sensitive operation, the officers on site felt the situation could become uncontroleble if they brought the hunger strike out and demonstration to a premature end.

Police pointed out that it was a further example of the complexities of policing London today.

At the press conference the Scotland Yard figures revealed that police officers had collected overtime nearly five times more with the Tamil demonstration. At times it had brought Westminster traffic to a standstill. The overtime bill for policing the Tamils was nearly as much as the one for foiling the country's biggest-ever terrorist plot, to blow up several trans-Atlantic flights in 2006, which added up to £7.3million

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