A MAN whose hunger strike was at the centre of a demonstration which cost police £7MILLION was secretly snacking on McDonald's burgers, it was revealed today.
Activist Parameswaran Subramaniyan protested for weeks outside the Houses of Parliament with hundreds of other Tamils about unrest in Sri Lanka.
The protest ended in June after severely disrupting London traffic and costing surveillance cops a whopping £7.1million in overtime.
Now it has been reported that cheeky Subramaniyan was being smuggled cheeseburgers THROUGHOUT his time on "hunger strike".
Police surveillance teams were shocked when they apparently caught the protestor tucking into his snacks on specialist monitoring equipment.
But cops decided against confronting the bogus striker because they were worried it could cause a riot, it was claimed.
A police insider revealed: "In view of the overtime bill, this has got to be the most expensive Big Mac ever."
One source added: 'This was such a sensitive operation that it was felt officers could inflame the situation if we brought the hunger strike and demonstration to a premature end. This is a further example of the complexities of policing London today.'
The cost of policing the Tamil demonstrations was more than the total amount of overtime claimed during the G20 summit in London in April.
And it cost nearly as much as the operation to stop Britain's biggest terrorist plot to blow up several trans-Atlantic flights in 2006 which cost £7.3million.
Police kept a 24-hour presence in Parliament Square from April 6 to June 17.
There were hundreds of protestors at the demonstration every day during the Sri Lankan government's push to end its 25-year civil war.
The protestors wanted the British government to stop Sri Lanka bombing a Tamil Tiger stronghold where thousands of civilians were trapped.
Full details of the overtime claimed were revealed to the Metropolitan Police Authority.
Tim Hollis, a vice president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said in the MPA paper: "Overtime figures reflect the realities of modern policing, including its unpredictability.
"It must be remembered that overtime generally reflects a cost effective and flexible way of meeting additional demands.
"It must, however, be always carefully monitored, calculated and authorised."
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: "The policing operation for the demonstration within Parliament Square also catered for a number of associated events and protest sites.
"This included an increase in resources for Prime Minister's Questions, the London Marathon, a march in support of the Tamil community totalling 110,000 people-and protests at the Indian and Sri Lankan High Commissions.
"A total of 29,838 officers worked during this 72-day period.
"Levels of officers deployed varied based on what police were dealing with.
"The peak for the static protest in Parliament Square reached 5,000. A march on April 11 was attended by in the region of 100,000 people."
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