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Tuesday, 04 September 2012 - 19:00
Five buses carrying SL pilgrims attacked. Pilgrims unharmed. Special aircraft departs SL at 8.45pm
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The group of Sri Lankan pilgrims who had traveled to Tami Nadu in India to worship the Thanjawur church has safely reached the Trichy Airport in Tamil Nadu.

The Five buses carrying Sri Lankan pilgrims to the Trichy airport were attacked today.


According to reports, none of the passengers were injured by the attack although; windowpanes of some buses were shattered as a result of the attack.

The ministry of external affairs stated that this group of pilgrims will return to Sri Lanka tonight via a special air craft.

Our air port correspondent stated that the special air craft will depart from the Bandaranayake International Airport to the Trichy Airport at 8.45pm.

Our news team inquired from the Sri Lankan High Commissioner A. Rajakaruna regarding this and he stated that a special air craft will be deployed to bring back the Sri Lankan pilgrims to the island.

The incident comes a day after Sri Lanka issued a travel advisory asking its citizens not to visit Tamil Nadu until further notice in the wake of “increasing number of instances of intimidation” of Sri Lankans in the state.

Director General of public relations for the Ministry of External Affairs Sarath Dissanayaka also stated that the Sri Lankan government has engaged in dialogue with the Indian Central government regarding these incidents.

He further stated that the travel advisory will be lifted only after it is certain that such incidents will not take place in the future.

Meanwhile the Indian external affairs Ministry issuing a communiqué stated that the Government of India, in close consultation with the concerned state governments, has taken and will continue to take all measures to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sri Lankan dignitaries and visitors to India, including to Tamil Nadu.

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