Mar 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist JVP says the government is not taking sufficient action to face the growing animosity in India.
JVP parliamentary group leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told parliament that the government's failures have resulted in attacks on Sri Lankans when they visit India.
He noted that South Indian politicians had continuously engaged in instigating Indians against Sri Lankans and that the situation could get worse in the future.
He said the government should have issued a travel advisory against Sri Lankans visiting India.
Dissanayake has also given a list of incidents where Sri Lankans had come under attack in South India.
He said that in January last year, husband of an MP of this House, was attacked in South India and a team of Lankan school football players, who went to play in a friendly tournament at the Nehru Stadium in Chennai, was bullied and turned back.
"A group of pilgrims who visited Thanjavur Catholic Church was assaulted. In another incident, seven buses carrying a group of 180 pilgrims visiting Velankanni was prevented from entering the Church and the pilgrims assaulted. The police sent them back. On 6 February, Mihin Lanka office in Madurai was attacked. Another group of 75 pilgrims who visited Velankanni Church was sent back home on 26 February. An undergraduate monk studying in the Delhi University was assaulted by a group of anti-Sri Lankans during an academic excursion at the Thanjavur Kovil on 16 March and another Lankan monk was attacked at the Chennai Central Railway Station on 18 March. Another group of Lankan pilgrims was sent back home on the same day," Dissanayake listed.