Chennai police to ban Lankans

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The Chennai city police has in a shocking move instructed hotels in the city not to accommodate pilgrims from Sri Lanka after two attacks on visitors from the island nation.

The knee-jerk reaction by the police has led to pilgrims cancelling their plans to visit the Maha Bodhi Society in Chennai.

“A few hotels and lodges in North Chennai are denying rooms to the pilgrims from the Maha Bodhi Society, citing orders from the police,” said officials of the society.

With season for pilgrimage commencing from the end of July, the Maha Bodhi Society, a religious centre which can accommodate only 250 people, is now struggling to find place to accommodate the overwhelming pilgrims. Now that hotels are turning them away, the pilgrims say they have no place to stay.

The Lankan nationals say the police action is like insult added to injury.

When contacted, additional commissioner of police (law and order) Thamarai Kannan denied that the police had issued instructions to hotels not to take Lankans as guests.

Hotels say they were ordered by cops.

While the Chennai police has in an outrageous step allegedly instructed hotels and lodges not to provide accommodation to Sri Lankan pilgrims and then denied that any such instruction had been issued, officials at a hotel in Egmore who refused to give rooms to the pilgrims last week told them that they were acting on the directions of the city police.

“Two pilgrimage organisers in Sri Lanka were forced to cancel their bookings after a hotels in Egmore and other localities in north Chennai turned down their request for rooms,” said an official of the Maha Bodhi Society in the city.

“A few pilgrimage organisers have cancelled their visits to Chennai and instead headed for Delhi en route to Bodhgaya,” he said. “Around two lakh pilgrims visit the society every year. There is every chance that the numbers will fall if this persecution continues.”

That the cops reportedly took the unconsidered decision after two attacks on visitors from the island nation has angered the pilgrims.

However, the official said a few other hotels in and around Egmore are defying the police diktat and are providing them with rooms. Before providing them with rooms, the hotels officials take details of the pilgrims and keep copies of their pilgrimage visas and passports that they forward to the police.

Wrong end of the stick?

August 2, 2011:
A group threatens and attacks pilgrims. After assaulting them, they are made to remove their T-shirts with Sinhalese script and burn them.

January 24, 2011:
Four Buddhist monks from Lanka are attacked by cadres of Periyar Dravida Kazhagam at Maha Bodhi Society in Egmore.

Source: Asian Age

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  • dagobert Monday, 08 August 2011 06:55 AM

    Ferry passengers .................... food for thought?
    Sri Lanka has increased guest house & Inn prices ????
    We shall let them return with their clothes on.

    saravanan Monday, 08 August 2011 06:59 AM

    U have shown ur horrific face to the fellow tamils in lanka.Now it is our turn ..

    pathfinder Monday, 08 August 2011 07:04 AM

    south indians so so jealousy about free sri lanka.they dont want to see any improvement or development on our land.they just wants need us on backwards from them.

    RAJU Monday, 08 August 2011 07:06 AM

    I AM TOTALY AGAINST THIS TYPE OF ACTION, BUT NOW YOU ALL CAN FEEL THE PAIN OF DESCRIMINATION.

    Imran Hussein Monday, 08 August 2011 07:08 AM

    Correction - Not just south India, thats what INDIA wants.
    In fact India willl try every possiblel way to stop its neighbours from developing. Thats in their agenda.

    Bird Eye Monday, 08 August 2011 07:18 AM

    Stay out of this place, problem solved.

    Mayu Tuesday, 09 August 2011 10:43 AM

    as if everything is fine in North India. Except few bollywood movies North and South both are india.

    xlntgson Tuesday, 09 August 2011 10:46 AM

    Lodge owners can file a fundamental rights case!

    S.Sriranjan Monday, 08 August 2011 01:27 PM

    No body in the world follows Budhism which is a philosophy of Mankind???

    RAJU Monday, 08 August 2011 01:38 PM

    SL HALLO WE TRIED TO LIVE TOGETHER FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS WITH THE SINHALESE PEOPLE IN A DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM , BUT ALL EFFORTS HAD BEEN REJECTED BY THE SINHALESE LEADERS, THEN ONLY WE STARTED TO ASK SEPARATION, BUT EVEN NOW IF THE SINHALESE LEADERS ARE READY FOR A ACCEPTABLE SOLUTION , OFCOURSE WE CAN READY TO LIVE IN A UNITED SRILANKA. DO YOU THINK IS IT ACHIEVABLE? FEDERAL SYSTEM IS NOT SOMETHING NEW IN THE WORLD, AND IT IS IN PRACTICE IN SEVERAL COUNTRIES, FIRST YOU ALL GO AND TELL YOUR LEADERS WHAT IS FEDERALISM.

    monara1 Monday, 08 August 2011 01:42 PM

    tsk tsk....this is the sort of talk that might trigger off another July '83. Beware of what u say, the odd's are stacked heavily against you'll and their always is a limit to tolerance and patience

    Patriot Monday, 08 August 2011 02:45 AM

    Actions speak louder than words! LTTE drove out the sinhalese and muslims from the North at gun point... Ban ki moon/ Hilary clinton what say you now?

    sajitha Monday, 08 August 2011 03:05 AM

    Sri Lankan government should let the Indian government know their displeasure. Make an big issue so that we can hear what jayalalitha and Hilary Clinton would say now.

    Anushka Monday, 08 August 2011 03:02 AM

    අතීසාරෙට අමුඩ ගැසීම

    asanka Monday, 08 August 2011 03:12 AM

    Don't know why Buddha kept his marks on this shit land.....!

    Bumba Monday, 08 August 2011 03:20 AM

    Well if you are not welcome, please do not go. That it how civilized people should behave.

    roshan23432@gmail.co Monday, 08 August 2011 03:27 AM

    bcz we finish LTTE terrorists . Gandhi's killers

    Anuththara Monday, 08 August 2011 03:43 AM

    So it was not only the LTTE but also the TNADU police.

    DHA Monday, 08 August 2011 03:39 AM

    This is really shocking.....This is a real unprofessional way of handling a crisis.......

    sham Monday, 08 August 2011 03:51 AM

    This is a serious issue, we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. Most South Indians are below the literacy level, hence these political goons (vaiko, jaya, karunanidi, etc) fully exploite their innocence and use them as weapons to gain political milage.

    Our Government must fully engage in a dialogue with the central government of India and sort this matter.

    Please do not mix religion with politics, everyone should have their freedom to practice their faith with dignity and peace.

    Sean Monday, 08 August 2011 03:53 AM

    Terrorism at their best.

    Sama Monday, 08 August 2011 08:55 AM

    is there any professionals in south India to do so

    Lankan Monday, 08 August 2011 04:03 AM

    You mean his mark on SL? Hmm... true many wonder too?

    The God Father Monday, 08 August 2011 04:12 AM

    Cancel this trip and visit Bangkok and have some great fun.

    Mansoor Monday, 08 August 2011 08:58 AM

    seems tamil nadu people got hurt wage. and Im sure its because of jealous. nothing else........

    SL Monday, 08 August 2011 09:05 AM

    Raju
    if you are looking for a seperate country .yes you'll be crushed again.
    if you want to stay in peace with all they yes you are most wellcome.
    regarding discrimination. look at how sinhalese are living in SL. is there any e xception.??
    those who have money live fully no matter if he is tamil/muslim/sinhala. do understand this

    Gamini Monday, 08 August 2011 05:49 PM

    This is not the solution to the problem. The chennai police have made a bad situation worse. One can guess in which part of the anatomy their brains are located.


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