In the wake of an attack on the Bank of Ceylon branch in Chennai, the Sri Lanka government today requested New Delhi to provide security to Sri Lankans living in India as well as the Sri Lankan establishments there.
Issuing a statement the external affairs ministry said that “The Ministry of External Affairs requested the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi to seek the assistance of the Government of India in providing security to other Sri Lankan establishments such as Maha Bodhi Society, Sri Lankan Airlines and to all other Sri Lankans living in India in the wake of the attack,” Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs said, in a statement released on Friday.
It also said that a mob of around 15 people , carrying iron rods, wooden sticks and knives had entered the office of the Bank of Ceylon Branch at Poonamallee High Road in Chennai at 1.30 p.m. on 7th February 2013. The mob had overpowered two police personnel and a security guard of a private company manning the gate of the premises, smashed the window panels of the security room of the Bank of Ceylon Office and the glass doors of the ATM centre and had injured a staff member of the Bank and caused cut injuries to a trainee .
The two injured bank staff were admitted to Kilpauk Medical Collage Hospital (MMC, Kilpauk) in Chennai and are out of danger.
The release noted that the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai has taken steps to contact the police authorities and security is maintained at the Bank of Ceylon premises.