Three men,believed to be Tamil activists,attacked a Buddhist monk and another Sri Lankan at Chennai Central Railway Station on Monday. Footage of the attack was aired by a regional news channel not long after.
The attack on W M K Bandara,32,came a day after a mob of Tamil activists roughed up a Lankan monk and a student of Archaeology from Delhi on a visit to Thanjavur.
Bandara was part of a group of 19 pilgrims returning from a visit to Bodh Gaya in Bihar. The pilgrims were getting off Tamil Nadu Express at around 7.20 am when three men lunged at Bandara,who was wearing his monks robes. He tried to escape,but the attackers chased him,caught him and slapped him around.
They also rained blows on fellow Lankan Vangeesa,70. Except a woman,a man,and a few elderly pilgrims,none at the railway station tried to rescue them. By the time Railway Police,alerted by porters,rushed to platform number six,the gang was gone,but not before announcing that the attack was a revenge for Tamils killed in Sri Lanka.
The monk suffered a blunt injury his left leg and complained to the police that he lost his purse containing Rs 30,000 during the attack.
The pilgrims have since been ferried to the Sri Lanka Maha Bodhi Centre at Egmore near the station.
The police have identified the attackers from footage aired by Sun News.
The news crew claimed that they had received a call about such an attack and were rushing to the spot as it happened. The CCTV,however,did not capture the attackers entering the railway station.
The Railway Police have asked the state police and the IRCTC for details about movement of Sri Lankans in and out of Tamil Nadu so as to remain alert when passengers are at railway stations.
India assures action
NEW DELHI: The government on Monday said action would be taken against those who targeted the Buddhist monk in Chennai. With reference to an incident of an attack on a Buddhist monk at the Chennai Central Station earlier today,the Government of India is in touch with the TN government. The attackers have been identified and authorities are taking action to apprehend the culprits, official sources said. ens