President to avoid New Delhi during India visit

President Mahinda Rajapaksa who will leave for in India on pilgrimage today, will will not visit New Delhi to meet the country’s leaders, the Indian media quoted official sources as saying.
The Indo Asian News Service (IANS) said the president will fly from Colombo Friday to Bodh Gaya, the site where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and which hosts a 1,500-year-old temple — the most sacred to Buddhists worldwide.
While in Bihar, he is expected to meet Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He is also set to inaugurate a cultural centre in Bodh Gaya.
According to Indian officials, Rajapaksa will then proceed to the Tirupati temple, before returning to Sri Lanka Saturday or Sunday.
A group of men attacked the Bank of Ceylon branch in Egmore, Chennai yesterday, causing injuries to some employees and police personnel on duty.
Police suspect the attack was in protest against the visit of President Rajapaksa to India, the Hindu newspaper reported.
The report said that 12 masked men arrived in autorickshaws and motorcycles at Jarret Gardens 2nd Avenue, Casa Major Road, where the bank in located in a two-storey building, police said.
They entered the premises by pushing the two policemen on duty and damaged the guardroom and the bank’s signboard on the ground floor.
“They barged into the first floor office and attacked clerk Maria Rajesh and trainee Janakan, a city college student, with clubs and shards of glass. The group shouted slogans against Mr. Rajapaksa and damaged the cubicles. They threw whatever object they could lay their hands on at glass partitions and damaged a wall clock,” said an investigating officer.
The attack lasted only a couple of minutes. Eight CCTV cameras installed at different spots in the branch recorded the incidents from 1.30 p.m. to 1.32 p.m. The men did not go to the top floor, where cash was kept. (Agencies)