Sri Lanka warns citizens against travel to Tamil Nadu

Sep 04, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has advised citizens not to travel to India’s Tamil Nadu state following a series of incidents which culminated in a group of pilgrims being forced to take refuge in a Catholic Church after they were mobbed. Jayalalithaa has objected to members of Sri Lanka’s military being trained in India.

Uneasy relations between Sri Lanka and the South Indian state has soured further the end of a 30-year war with Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009, with political groups in the state revving up calls for war crimes probes against Sri Lanka’s military and fishing dispute also flaring up.

“The Government of Sri Lanka is constrained to request Sri Lankan nationals in the interest of their security to desist from undertaking visits to Tamil Nadu until further notice,” Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

“Travel to all other states in India are safe for Sri Lanka nationals.”

The foreign ministry said Sri Lanka “regrets the increasing number of instances of intimidation of Sri Lankan nationals visiting Tamil Nadu for the purposes of tourism, religious pilgrimages, sporting and cultural activities and professional training.”

“These visits are a reflection of people to people contact between