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Monday, 27 March 2017 - 8:13
Investigation into travel agencies organizing pilgrimages
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The Ministry of Buddha Sasana says that an investigation will be conducted with regard to travel agencies organizing pilgrimages failing to comply with regulations and guidelines provided by the ministry.

It has been revealed that the travel agency which had coordinated the pilgrimage to India that ultimately resulted in the deaths of three people, had in fact violated all rules and regulations in organizing the trip.

The ministry further noted that taking the incident into account, great concern will be expressed in future towards agencies organizing pilgrimages.  

The Ministry of Buddha Sasana had previously informed all travel agencies on the month of March being unsuitable for pilgrimages to India.

The agency had been notified of change in weather conditions in India, and had been informed of refraining from organizing pilgrimages to India during this period.

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

The autopsy revealed that the deaths were a result of heart ailments.

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

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