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Mar 20, 2013 at 11:52pm IST

Sri Lanka asks its citizens to refrain from visiting Tamil Nadu

Colombo: Sri Lankan government has advised its citizens to refrain from visiting Tamil Nadu when travelling to India and requested them to travel with caution. "The defence ministry informs people that when travelling to India on pilgrimage or for other purposes to avoid Tamil Nadu. This is in view of the recent incidents of violence faced by Sri Lankan nationals in Tamil Nadu," military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said.

He said the tour organising groups are being advised to make travel itineraries via other airports of other states of India.

"Anyone wanting to travel to Tamil Nadu should do so only after giving notice of such travel to the Sri Lankan High Commission in Chennai and seeking advise," Wanigasuriya added. Meanwhile, a group of monks staged a protest outside the Indian High Commission here for the second day today against the attack on Lankan Buddhist monks in India.

SL asks its citizens to refrain from visiting TN

The advisory comes amidst attacks on Lankan monks in Tamil Nadu in recent days.

The protests took place despite assurances of safety for Sri Lankan nationals from the Indian High Commission following concerns raised by the Lankan government.