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Protestors attack SL High Commission in New Delhi

[TamilNet, Friday, 2 October 2009 13:07 No Comment]

A group of Indian protesters, who were demonstrating against the Sri Lankan state Friday evening, attacked the Sri Lankan High Commission in New Delhi, the capital of India. The protesters were slanting slogans against the Rajapaksa government on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Indian Police said around 20 protesters broke through the barrier and caused damage to some property inside the high commission.

A news report by the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) quoted the Additional Commissioner of Police in New Delhi, S. Dass, as saying that "it all happened in two minutes. Before the police could swing into action, they had fled. No one could be arrested.”

The External Affairs Ministry of India released a statement following the attack:

Incident at the premises of the Sri Lanka High Commission

02/10/2009 

A group of about 40 individuals entered the premises of the Sri Lankan High Commission today in New Delhi around 1430 hrs and damaged some property.

We deeply regret this unfortunate incident, which has involved an act of violence against a diplomatic Mission.

The law enforcement agencies have swung into action. Security around the High Commission premises has been strengthened.

Action as prescribed by the law will be taken against the perpetrators of this incident.

New Delhi

October 02, 2009

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