Whilst condemning assaults carried out by ‘extreme elements’ with vested interests against Sri Lankans in Tamil Nadu, the government has requested Sri Lankans to exercise caution when undertaking visits to the state of Tamil Nadu in India.
Issuing a statement the Sri Lanka’s external affairs ministry said that; “the Government of Sri Lanka regrets the recent incidents of intimidation of Sri Lankan nationals particularly instances of violent assaults against Buddhist Monks in Thanjavur and at the Central Chennai Railway Station, India.”
“Ministry of External Affairs has lodged strong protests with the Indian Government through its High Commission in New Delhi and the Deputy High Commission in Chennai over the incidents of assaults on Sri Lankan Buddhist monks in the State of Tamil Nadu.
It also said that in the event such visits were to take place to Tamil Nadu due to compelling reasons, Sri Lankan nationals are requested to keep the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai informed well in advance. Contact details of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai are as follows:
56, Sterling Road, Nungambakkam
Chennai – 600 034