Monday, March 18, 2013

Attack on Sinhalese tourists will continue - Comrade Maniarasan interview!

Trichy:The men who attacked the Buddhist monk on Saturday in the name of upholding the Tamil Eelam cause remain unrepentant.

P Maniarasan,president of the Tamil Desiya Podhuvudamai Katchi (TDPK),whose activists were involved in the incident at the Brihadeeswarar temple,said his party would continue to attack any non-Tamil coming from Sri Lanka to Thanjavur.

Thanjavur police are searching for five persons,including a journalist,in connection with the attack on a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk on Saturday.Police have already arrested three and have remanded them in the Trichy jail.

The monk was visiting the Brihadeeswarar temple,along with an 18-member group from Delhi University,as part of an archaeological research misson,when he was attacked.The monk and others were rescued and sent to Chennai by air.

Police detained seven members of the TDPK and Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) in the case,but four were later let off.We are on the look-out for five others in the case,including a local journalist, said T S Anbu,Thanjavur SP,on Sunday.

The tourism sector has taken a dent following the anti-Lanka stir.V Vasudevan,former president of Trichy Travel Federation,said: The number of tourists from Sri Lanka to Velankanni church has come down since last year due to the protests. 

Security has been beefed up in Thanjavur and Poondi after the attack,police said.

Meanwhile,students have come under criticism for joining the anti-Lanka protest.R Khader Mohideen,principal of Jamal Mohammed College,Trichy,said: Students involving themselves in protests at the cost of their studies is a bad idea.Our students are not protesting as they know that it would pave way for China to extend their support to the island nation. 

(CourtesyR Gokul TNN)

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