A Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka, who was in Thanjavur, India for academic research, bore the brunt of the latest wave of anti-Lanka protests that has gripped the State lately, the New Indian Express reported.
The monk was one among a group of 17 researchers from New Delhi who were on an archeological study at Thanjavur Big temple. The group was attacked by members of Tamil outfits yesterday.
Police rescued the monk in time and safely transported him to Tiruchy Airport on Saturday, but not before the pro-Tamil outfits vented their ire on him. From Tiruchy, he boarded a flight to Chennai before leaving for New Delhi. Nineteen pro-Tamil activists, including eight from Tiruchy, were arrested for the attack.
The Buddhist monk, P Gnana Tero (46), reached Thanjavur Big Temple on Saturday, and was learning about the archeological pattern of the iconic temple.
Members of some Tamil outfits reached there and, all of a sudden, Tamil Desiya Pothu Udamai Katchi district organiser P Rajendran and Naam Tamilar Katchi state organiser A Nalladurai assaulted the monk. A police team led by Superintendent T S Anbu rushed to the scene and arrested Rajendran, Nalladurai and 9 others.
The visitors were taken to Tiruchy airport around 2 pm with heavy security. But, MDMK men pelted stones at the vehicles ferrying them when they neared G-Corner. Police arrested eight persons, including MDMK district in-charge Cheran.