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Sunday, 26 March 2017 - 19:45
The agency which sent pilgrims to India where three died revealed to have violated regulations
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The ministry of Buddha Sasana says that it has been revealed that the travel agency which had organized a pilgrimage to India where three people died had violated all rules and regulations proceeded with the trip.

A spokesperson for the ministry noted that all travel agents were previously notified on the month of March being unsuitable for pilgrimages to India.

The agency had been notified of the changes in weather conditions in India, and had been informed of refraining from organizing pilgrimages to India.

Meanwhile, the ministry of foreign affairs say that all agencies which organize pilgrimages to India must be regulated.

The Consular unit of the ministry noted that the Sri Lankan high commissioner’s office in India has been informed to conduct an investigation into the incident.

It has been revealed through postmortem examinations that the cause of death of the three pilgrims were heart ailments.

The bodies of three pilgrims who died while they were on a pilgrimage to India, were brought to the country.

Police stated that two bodies were received yesterday while the third was received at the Katunayake airport on the 23rd.

It is reported that the three individuals are from the same group of pilgrims.

The group has embarked on the pilgrimage organized by a tour operator in Kegalle on the 13th.

A 63 year old woman from Dambaragolla – Kurunegala had died during the pilgrimage on the 20th.

Her autopsy had revealed that the cause of death was a heart attack.

It is reported that the tour operators have charged around 300,000 rupees from her relatives to bring the body back to the country.

Another woman of the same group who is also a resident of Kurunegala, had died on the 22nd.

A 65 year old unmarried man of Walasmulla – Matara too had died on the same day.

Our correspondents at the airport stated that their bodies were received last afternoon.

Relatives of the deceased too had arrived at the airport yesterday.

Meanwhile, the India pilgrimage association noted that measures will be taken in future to bring the bodies of such individuals back to the country.




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