The High Commissioner of India Ashok K Kantha has held meetings with several Senior Monks of the Maha Sangha, to address their concerns about the two recent unfortunate incidents involving assaults on Sri Lankan Buddhist monks in Tamil Nadu state of India.
He has underlined that these were isolated incidents and did not reflect the strong people-to-people bonds that have been an integral part of the close historical, cultural and civilizational ties between the two countries. I
He recalled the statement of the Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India on the 19th March, expressing concern and reiterating that the state government of Tamil Nadu had taken immediate action to identify and prosecute the miscreants responsible for these incidents.
The Government of India, in consultation with the concerned state governments, has taken and will continue to take all possible measures to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sri Lankan visitors to India, including to Tamil Nadu.
The meeting at India House was attended by Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero, Ven. Kirima Wimalajoti Nayaka Thero, Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero, Ven. Thiniyawala Palitha Thero, Ven. H. Kondangna Thero and Ven. Galagoda Attha Gnanasara Thero.
Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka, briefed the gathering and expressed appreciation towards the extensive arrangements made by the Tamil Nadu police in recent days, to provide security for Sri Lankan pilgrims.
Of the 128 flights connecting Indian and Sri Lankan cities, 76 involve destinations in Tamil Nadu.