Tamil hunger-striker intends suing newspapers over 'secret burgers' claim

The Tamil hunger-striker who fasted for 23 days protesting the offensive against the Tamil Tigers in

Parameswaran Subramaniyan kept the fast in Parliament Square last year after five of his relatives were killed in the civil war in the country. He wanted to urge the UK Government to intervene in the Lankan conflict.

Subramaniyan has now issued proceedings against the Daily Mail and The Sun after they accused him of secretly eating McDonald's meals during his hunger strike. The 28-year-old stood by the authenticity of his hunger strike and is consulting lawyers after the Metropolitan police accused him of lying about it.

Lawyers from Carter Ruck, the firm acting on behalf of Subramaniyan, say their requests for an apology and retraction from the newspapers were rejected by both publications.