Sri Lankan pilgrims mobbed in Tamil Nadu

Over 150 Sri Lankan pilgrims visiting a church in Tamil Nadu were mobbed today forcing them to take refuge inside the church, the External Affairs Ministry said.

The External Affairs Ministry said that 184 pilgrims visiting the Poornimatha Church in Thanjavur have been mobbed and become refuge in the church.

The Government of Sri Lanka has taken all steps required through the Indian Government to seek the safety of these pilgrims, the External Affairs Ministry said.

The Ministry also said that the government regrets the increasing number of instances of intimidation of Sri Lankan nationals visiting Tamil Nadu for the purposes of tourism, religious pilgrimages, sporting and cultural activities and professional training.

These visits are a reflection of people to people contact between the polity of two countries which are bound by age old friendly ties and traditions, the External Affairs Ministry said.