Sri Lankan president's relative attacked in India

January 10, 2012 11:56 pm 

COLOMBO, Jan. 10 — The husband of a Sri Lankan parliamentarian who is also a relative of President Mahinda Rajapaksa was attacked by a pro-Tamil Tiger group in south India on Tuesday, a senior officer from the External Affairs Ministry said.

Sarath Dissanayake, director general of the External Affairs Ministry told Xinhua that the news of the alleged attack was reported but they were waiting for further details from the diplomatic mission in India.

Thirukumaran Nadesan, husband of MP Nirupama Rajapaksa was reportedly attacked in Rameswaram when he was on a two-day visit to perform a religious ceremony.

According to Indian media reports the attackers had allegedly barged into the house of a Hindu priest and threw stones and slippers when Nadesan was about to perform the ceremony.

The police rushed to the scene and removed Nadesan under police protection and a number of attackers have been detained while 40 others are also to be arrested in connection with the attack on the Sri Lankan president's relative.

After three decades of war, Sri Lanka in May 2009 militarily defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels who fought for a separate land from northern and eastern parts of the island nation, but Tamils in south India and worldwide condemned the defeat and protest against Rajapaksa's government. (PNA) LAP/LAM/utb

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