Security for Lankans increased

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Security for Sri Lankan tourists to Chennai has been beefed up following Thursday's attack on some Sri Lankan nationals by activists of a pro-LTTE outfit.

The police have increased vigil in and around the Mahabodhi Society on Kenneth Lane in Egmore, where a Buddhist meditation centre is located. The 'Q' Branch, which monitors activities of LTTE sympathisers and Sri Lankan nationals in the state, is overseeing the security along with the police. Security has been tightened even in areas such as T. Nagar, where Sri Lankan visitors are known to visit in large numbers.

Rev. Mahanama Thero, a monk at the Maha Bodhi Society said, "There is peace now and the pilgrims are feeling safe with the police presence. The Q branch is monitoring the security of the visitors. The group that was attacked left for Colombo today.''

After Thursday's attack, several Sri Lankan pilgrim groups were moved by the Deputy High Commission to the Mahabodhi Centre to ensure their safety.
On Friday, Lankan officials expressed satisfaction at the security provided. The island nation's Deputy High Commissioner to India, Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, told TOI.

"We are grateful to the Tamil Nadu government for ensuring the safety of Sri Lankan pilgrims, the incident was unfortunate,'' he said. Many of the pilgrims who spoke to TOI did not appear alarmed at the incident. One elderly woman said, "We are here to pray for the peace of everyone."

Police commissioner J. K. Tripathy said, "We have intensified security and any visitor to the city will be safe. The accused have been arrested and remanded in judicial custody." (Times of India)  

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  • DHA Saturday, 06 August 2011 08:19 AM

    I wonder why Jaya is maintaining silence over this issue ?....for someone well known to speak...........

    lal Saturday, 06 August 2011 08:23 AM

    Ch 4 and Jayalalita should undertake the task of identifying LTTE terrorists and war criminals roaming in Tamil Nadu and produce them for trial.

    Konde Bendapucheenaa Saturday, 06 August 2011 08:24 AM

    This trend is Not good for Country like INDIA.our people must avoid Chennai and Travel to Alternative route to North India

    Ram Saturday, 06 August 2011 09:01 AM

    Do you mean to shift Mahabodhi

    roshan23432@gmail.co Saturday, 06 August 2011 09:30 AM

    ALl sinhaliese should stop travel through Tamilnadu.

    Sarath Saturday, 06 August 2011 10:40 AM

    Don't go to Tamilnadu. First go to Trivandrum (In Kerala state) and then take a train. It issafer and there are direct flights from Colombo to Trivandrum.

    goviya Saturday, 06 August 2011 12:03 PM

    Its very simple just stop traveling to India. there are other place we can visit than the racist Tamilnadu.

    garry Saturday, 06 August 2011 05:02 PM

    people any were in the world you go you will find tamils

    Afker Hussain Saturday, 06 August 2011 06:02 PM

    Why is the TNA silent on this issue ? At least they should have the decency to condemn acts of violence on pilgrims.

    lj Sunday, 07 August 2011 12:26 AM

    Like China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea....right Good for you

    Thakaradappa Sunday, 07 August 2011 02:18 AM

    War criminals are already identified and they are living in Colombo. Produce them for trial.

    Thakaradappa Sunday, 07 August 2011 02:20 AM

    Exactly. Narayanans, Menons and Nambiars who were partners in war crimes would be waiting in Trivandrum to welcome you.

    Guru Sunday, 07 August 2011 05:39 AM

    Security can't stop, what need to be done has to be done.

    Dalu banda Sunday, 07 August 2011 06:15 AM

    I think sri lanka should ban all South Indian Goods.

    Dias Sunday, 07 August 2011 06:22 AM

    Do not travel to Tamil Nadu

    mani Sunday, 07 August 2011 07:55 AM

    direct flight to delhi........

    S.Dilruk Saturday, 06 August 2011 06:31 AM

    This can't believe. We must stop travel through Tamilnadu.

    Sean Saturday, 06 August 2011 07:46 AM

    Sad to hear that INDIA is a safe heaven for Terrorist activities.


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