MDMK leader Vaiko and 184 others,arrested for trying to show black flags to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in Tuticorin last week,were granted bail by a court on Monday.
Judicial Magistrate I M N Kumar ordered their release on furnishing a personal surety of Rs 5,000 each.
Vaiko and members of the Sri Lankan Tamils Protection Movement,mostly MDMK volunteers,were protesting India’s indifference to the plight of Tamils in the island nation.
A section of the protestors had also burnt a portrait of Mukherjee during his visit to inaugurate a power project on February 28.
All the arrested,including two MDMK MLAs — Gnanadas and Varadharajan — were remanded to judicial custody and lodged in the Palayamkottai Central Jail the same day.