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A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, Pathberiye Gnanaloka Thero, was assaulted by members of Tamil outfits at the Big Temple in Thanjavur, in Tiruchi, India on Saturday.

He was part of a team of students of the Institute of Archaeology of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), New Delhi, on a study tour.

Later in the day, vans transporting the students to the Tiruchi airport from Thanjavur were pelted with stones resulting in damage to windshields. However, the students escaped unhurt.

In Thanjavur, the students and staff, 19 in total, were going around the Sri Brihadeeswarar Temple when a group owing allegiance to the Naam Tamizhar Katchi and the Thamizh Desiya Podhuvudamai Katchi attacked Ven. Gnanaloka Thero, who stood out in the group in his saffron robe.

The students were taken to the ASI office near the temple, but the assailants surrounded the office and demanded that the monk be sent out. The incident sent shock waves among devotees and archakas who were witness to the attack.

Gnanaloka Thero was asked to change his clothes and sent to Tiruchi along with other students with police escort in vans. As the vehicles entered Tiruchi, two cabs transporting the students were targeted near Ariyamangalam and G Corner, where members of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Naam Tamizhar Katchi attacked the vehicles with sticks and stones, police said. The front windshield of one of the vans and the rear one in the other were damaged. However, the students were escorted safely to the airport.

City Commissioner of Police Shailesh Kumar Yadav met the students upon their arrival at the airport. The monk was put on a Chennai-bound flight later in the evening, while the others were accommodated at the airport temporarily.

The students hailed from different countries, including Sri Lanka, China and Thailand and from north India. All of them are studying Postgraduate Diploma in Archaeology in New Delhi. Their proposed visit to Darasuram and Gangaikondacholapuram temples were cancelled following the incident.

Gnanaloka Thero has been staying in New Delhi for the last one-and-half years pursuing the diploma course. The 46-year-old monk, who hails from Colombo, told The Hindu on the phone from the Tiruchi airport that he came to India in 2011 and enrolled himself for the ASI course.

Eleven persons, including A. Nalladurai, State coordinator of the Naam Thamizhar Katchi, and Pazha Rajendran of the Thamizh Desiya Podhuvudamai Katchi, were arrested in Thanjavur, while 10 persons, including MDMK rural district secretary, Tiruchi, were held in Tiruchi in connection with the stone-throwing incident.(The Hindu)

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  • Jyoti Arjya Sunday, 17 March 2013 04:24 PM

    so so so bad news for us , After many days i know that , Indian people is at present also like animals. there Uncivilized & ungentle. animals can do all things ,,

    Saradial Monday, 18 March 2013 04:03 AM

    Correct we should appreciate India for that

    Shafraz Monday, 18 March 2013 03:58 AM

    Those thugs doesn't know no point of hurting innocent monks

    ind Monday, 18 March 2013 03:46 AM

    That's the only thing you could do. Go to hell with your loved fat pig Praba !

    weerakoonajantha Monday, 18 March 2013 03:22 AM

    this nothing for uncivilized indian.shame on india ,go to hell
    nature will take out this all soon.

    Buffaloa Citizen Monday, 18 March 2013 03:12 AM


    Shiva Monday, 18 March 2013 03:12 AM

    India is not a safer Place for tourist anymore , gang rapers and rowdies every where , no protection for foreigners anymore there world keep away from INDIA

    Shiva Monday, 18 March 2013 03:02 AM

    Stupid Tamils people , they have god blinded bcs of their cunning selfish politicians

    wise Sunday, 17 March 2013 04:46 PM

    BBS has already shown the world how they practice Buddhism.

    prabath Sunday, 17 March 2013 04:38 PM

    come with me face to face.
    i will kiling one by one

    Amjad Rass Sunday, 17 March 2013 04:32 PM

    what goes around, comes around.

    sahan Sunday, 17 March 2013 04:38 PM

    these tamil guys are in a hell like Tamilnadu. They want to see Sri Lanka as Tamilnadu. God will punish you.

    Shafraz Monday, 18 March 2013 04:05 AM

    Its their rights. they have rights to go any country. Its responsibility of those country giving security for its guests.

    rajiv Sunday, 17 March 2013 04:22 PM

    india you have enemies all around you. Waiting \

    KotuwA Sunday, 17 March 2013 04:20 PM

    Pathetic Tamil Nadu Racists think that
    attacking Sinhalese there would lead us,
    Sinhalese to attack the Tamils here, in Sri Lanka....
    Dream on... we would never be racists like you!...

    Jumbo Sunday, 17 March 2013 04:18 PM

    Well said Indians no good , only at rape they are good

    alawaka Sunday, 17 March 2013 03:56 PM

    Shame India shame Where is Nehru ' s India ? Today we see an India which assault buddhist minks ..... which gang rapes their own girls and foreign tourists .... India is going back to jungle in an unstoppable speed ... It's pathatic what is happening to this once great nation .

    sarrajh Sunday, 17 March 2013 03:56 PM

    this is not justice . he might be an innocent that is why he has visited. do not do such things because there so many indians are living in Srilanka they will be attacked due to your foolish deeds. please think before doing anything.

    roshan Sunday, 17 March 2013 03:56 PM

    these are some group of puppets and jokers most of tamilnadu people trying to insult these innocent monks and pilgrims are jokers/idiots

    Samosa Sunday, 17 March 2013 04:01 PM

    Shame on you India, this shows their level of respect for other religions. As Sri Lankans we too have something learn from this incident.

    Gamarala Sunday, 17 March 2013 03:59 PM

    India is a hell hole, I always avoid INDIA like the plague when flying. Just for the record , a woman is RAPED ever 20 minutes in India, so much for civilization.

    Borella jauna Sunday, 17 March 2013 12:31 PM

    I was so sad to see the video.Why did he go there?asking for trouble.He was better off going to Nagadepha.

    S.Sriranjan Sunday, 17 March 2013 12:32 PM

    Uncivilized act in a Civlized World!!!

    uzumymw Monday, 18 March 2013 11:18 AM

    some rumours says this monk is the one who said thambulla mosk should be destroy within 1week when the problem comes.

    gimahani Wednesday, 27 March 2013 04:42 AM

    go to hell india

    priyabrata barua Sunday, 24 March 2013 04:41 PM

    Tamils are humans and that is the act of humans

    gaurav kumar Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:23 PM

    these all problems birth in hindu religion

    ssk Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:42 AM

    shame on u, shame on u TN peoples. u r very bad.

    ssk Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:36 AM

    this is very bad. shame on u TN peoples. u r showing tht u r really uneducated idiots of India.

    ssk Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:27 AM

    this is very bad. shame on u T L peoples. u r showing tht u r really uneducated idiots of India.

    sampath Tuesday, 19 March 2013 09:13 AM

    indians are barbarians

    Appuhamy Monday, 18 March 2013 01:27 PM

    Illiterate and uneducated idiots of India.

    ratna waghmare Monday, 18 March 2013 01:27 PM

    its very shameful.all buddhist of world should oppose beating innocent monk,what they want to prove.

    Dilshan Fernanado Monday, 18 March 2013 11:29 AM

    I really feel sorry for that monk. Because he is not the strategist, he just an individual who cam to visit India. I strongly condemn the acts of these groups. However saying that lets not forget how many Tamils were killed during the war and how many women were raped by the Sri Lankan security forces and Sri Lanka kept denying all of them.

    What Tamils are asking for is justice. Punish the wrong doers and give equal rights to Tamils But the Sri Government especially the Gotabaya brothers are more focused in ethnic cleansing. No Tamils , No Muslims sooner or later No more Christians/Roman catholic. They want nationalism in a very extreme way. All these needs are just mere illusions and it won't be fulfilled. As all religious leaders including Lord Buddha said 'Dharma prevails'. In my opinion LTTE was not the biggest problem for the Gotabaya brothers, the problems which are about to come is going to kill them.

    SL_EXPATS Sunday, 17 March 2013 12:30 PM

    I wonder where these all monks when LTTE was attacking the country... why cannt we protest against price sky rockets....

    sm Monday, 18 March 2013 11:06 AM

    shame on you sayed. speak for your self. definitely we muslims do not agree with ur inhuman statement. we love our countryand our fellowmen and feel for them irrespective of their race.

    Sujit Monday, 18 March 2013 10:45 AM

    Respect to Sri Lanka ...
    Respect to India ...

    Both the citizen of Tamil Nadu, India and Sri Lanka's are equally good only we have to remember

    dirty politics is the main culprit ...

    sarath munaweera Monday, 18 March 2013 09:05 AM

    we are redetu next genartion

    Shen Monday, 18 March 2013 07:26 AM

    ok fine, if you have started torchering Sri lankan in India, today itself we start to kikout all the bloody Indian Tamils in Sri lanka thoese who are beggars in india and now they are depending on our own innocent Sri Lankan people. if you take one step, we will be taken two steps...

    The cool guy Monday, 18 March 2013 06:38 AM

    Very true :(

    Yuddhika Dissanayake Monday, 18 March 2013 06:12 AM

    This shows the education level and inhumanity of Some Barbaric Indians.

    Sorry to ask but Why do not have your own Tamil state in India?

    Nikesh Monday, 18 March 2013 06:05 AM

    Asshole people shows their power on Monk....
    Madrachood...if u hv to show ur power come to Mumbai......

    Sam Monday, 18 March 2013 04:18 AM

    This clearly shows who you are.

    Lokka Monday, 18 March 2013 04:13 AM

    For your information No Buddhist pilgrims to go TN. There is no interest at all. So, please think before your write crap. Don't insult Buddhism or Buddhists. Disgraceful of you!!!!!!!!

    sudeera Monday, 18 March 2013 04:12 AM

    this is absolutely true brov..

    Sam Sunday, 17 March 2013 12:00 AM

    These tamil nadu people are exceeding limits. Bloody hell. So its now clear they are voicing for the sake of ltte and not for the sake of tamils. I saw this on tv. It was such an ugly scene by some tamils in india. via DM Android App

    Real Peace Sunday, 17 March 2013 07:10 AM

    For the war crimes committed by the politicians, poor monk gets beaten. It's not right.

    MTM Sunday, 17 March 2013 06:43 AM

    everyone should respect each others religious feelings and clerics, Indian tamils are exceeding the limits

    Andy Sunday, 17 March 2013 05:58 AM

    many things will end up in some other things.

    ss Sunday, 17 March 2013 05:57 AM

    This is too bad....A shame for India. Innocents should never suffer at any time. This should be the index of good civilization.

    KADMIN Sunday, 17 March 2013 05:44 AM

    More you push someone, more they get determine and stronger. Keep pushing, then you will lose the control after a point.

    Seguson Sunday, 17 March 2013 05:32 AM

    Tamil Naadu peoples have shown to the world that they are the "Super Idiots" following this incident. If Sri Lanka is not follwong human rights as you claim then tell us what is happening in India? or in Tamil Naadu? Shame on you the Great India. ha ha ha..

    jjacoob Sunday, 17 March 2013 05:24 AM

    your own lesson !

    Balasooriya K Sunday, 17 March 2013 05:03 AM

    Coz they are Muslim countries.

    johnad Sunday, 17 March 2013 04:37 AM


    Dev Sabaratnam Sunday, 17 March 2013 04:20 AM

    We Indians love respect buddisum and the worshipers but not thugs.
    Under the umbrella of Buddisum there is a bunch of thugs looming where no one wants them.

    Mukatiyaa Sunday, 17 March 2013 03:22 AM

    Morons are everywhere.

    Fusion Sunday, 17 March 2013 07:21 AM

    Its a small group. These are disgruntled Pro-LTTE elements and not the general TN population. Why on earth do Sri Lankans keep going to TN? There are plenty of other places in India to visit.

    Lilantha Pandukabhay Sunday, 17 March 2013 03:12 AM

    I do not know why Sri Lankans go to India. It is the worst place in the world. I know some Buddhists sent people to India just to make money or carriers of Alcohol from Sri Lanka and other dirty and cheap goods from India. Innocent people thinks they are pilgrims

    FDk Sunday, 17 March 2013 02:59 AM

    Its funny our BBS protests about things happening in Iran and Afganisthan, but not for these kind of things

    Ranjith Silva Sunday, 17 March 2013 03:04 AM

    BBS is not for world affairs. There are many things in here to do.

    kawum kanna yodaya Sunday, 17 March 2013 02:52 AM

    What a shame, a Buddhist can not go where budism started.

    pranandu Sunday, 17 March 2013 02:58 AM

    Well said

    obasanjo Sunday, 17 March 2013 02:45 AM

    Disgraceful !......People will never change certain forms of behaviour, and therefore never learn

    lalitha Sunday, 17 March 2013 02:22 AM

    BBS should protest about these incidents than try to start a war. india has mutliple buddha bars n huge buddha statues inside but yet bbs is mum on these

    Mohamed Sunday, 17 March 2013 02:21 AM

    Give respect and take respect,all nationalist should respect other religion, Tamils please do not think bad of our country
    Sri Lanka.they defeated only the terrorist,

    MagodisThuma Sunday, 17 March 2013 02:19 AM

    We Sri Lankans Forgive...
    But Never Forget...!

    RAM Sunday, 17 March 2013 02:12 AM

    This is the pathetic state of INDIA, this shows the literacy level of Indians. All what they know is RACISM, GANG RAPE WOMEN AND CHILDREN & CRICKET. Why cannot the foreign ministry bring a travel ban for all Srilankan visiting Tamil Nadu "

    Alavi Sunday, 17 March 2013 10:43 AM

    My god, it is shocking to see how a visitor, espcially a monk to holy site is treated...

    Nimal Sunday, 17 March 2013 12:20 PM

    I don't even understand why Sinhalese are keep going to Tamil nadu after many incidents for past 3 years.

    janaka Sunday, 17 March 2013 12:25 PM

    Sri Lanka Government gives Visa to Indians on arrival , When we need to go to India we have to apply visa and wait for few days to get the Visa stamped on our passport. We too should stop issuing visa for indians on arrival and must ask them to apply visa before coming to SL. The Indians give us a hard time and we too must give them a Harder Time.
    Poor Monk what he has to do with the Killing of Tamils. He is harmless and they should Punish the Real fellows.

    Smash Sunday, 17 March 2013 11:25 AM

    What i am saying is BBS should reconsider about their campaign against to the other religious in Sri Lanka first. Then automatically buddhisim will safe by the world.

    Musnad Sunday, 17 March 2013 11:22 AM

    the difference between India and Sri lanka is, that India arrested fiofteen people in connection with the incident. Sri Lankan police yet to make arrests over many incidents

    pranandu Sunday, 17 March 2013 11:01 AM

    Just like our BBS

    Susuku Sunday, 17 March 2013 10:54 AM

    where else we can go ?
    No India, No Muslim countries, no Western countries .... Thank God we have China

    sayed Sunday, 17 March 2013 10:48 AM

    except Buddhist all other's in Sri Lanka love to see this Thanks to TN this guys are big mouth in SL.

    dinesh Sunday, 17 March 2013 10:51 AM

    unacceptable... but we also should not deprive other religion here also, otherwise we are equal to them

    Rakitha Sunday, 17 March 2013 10:41 AM

    Why DO SRI LANKAN GO TO TERRORIST TAMIL NADHU????????? SL GOVT must put a strong travel band,,,, enogh is enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    anura Sunday, 17 March 2013 10:39 AM


    grr Sunday, 17 March 2013 12:00 AM

    don't push it India. don't push it. via DM Android App

    Jeya Murugan Sunday, 17 March 2013 10:29 AM

    It is one of barbaric acts against this monk . I strongly condemn this action .


    Saskia Sunday, 17 March 2013 10:27 AM

    We too

    Ben Hurling Sunday, 17 March 2013 10:11 AM

    Just like all other ethno-religious facist nationalists anywhere, this Tamil Nadu gang is made up of childish idiots too.

    Lakshendrakumar Sunday, 17 March 2013 10:16 AM

    Shame on you 'Tamil in India'

    Mohamed Sunday, 17 March 2013 10:04 AM

    What goes around comes around!

    Truth Sunday, 17 March 2013 10:03 AM

    Then why did they protest against Iran???? Respecting Buddha statue is a crime and Attacking a Buddhist monk is not a crime???

    Suresh Sunday, 17 March 2013 09:35 AM

    Its a shame and TN people has nothing to do with it. Some pro ltte elements doing this. Sportsmen and common SL people should be treated properly.

    serene Sunday, 17 March 2013 09:28 AM

    why arent we protesting against this? why arent we passing resolutions against TN? why arent we complaining to the UN about these Indians' racist activities?

    Loki Sunday, 17 March 2013 09:15 AM

    I agree

    Ata pattang Sunday, 17 March 2013 09:03 AM

    According to stats, the largest number of tourists to Tamil Nadu is from Sri Lanka. Why can't we visit Bangalore in Karnataka instead?

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