தன்மானமுள்ள எந்தத் தமிழனும் சிங்களவன் தமிழகத்தில் நுழைவதை அனுமதிக்க மாட்டான்.
A pilgrimage to Velankanni and Poondi Matha basilicas in central Tamil Nadu turned out to be a nightmare for a group of Sri Lankan nationals. With cadres of pro-Eelam groups mobbing them at both shrines and along the route, the 184 pilgrims cut short their visit and left India by a special flight on Tuesday night. Even their departure was laced with drama and tension after protesters attacked them enroute to Trichy airport on 4-9-2012Tuesday.
The police escort provided to their seven vehicles ensured that none of them was injured, but at least one bus was damaged. “All of them were made to stay at the Cargo terminal of Trichy airport till the flight arrived. They were provided food and other facilities,” said Shailesh Kumar Yadav, Trichy city police commissioner. The group arrived at the Trichy airport from Colombo on Sunday evening and drove down to the Poondi Matha basilica in Thanjavur. They had planned to visit the shrine before leaving for Velankanni near Nagappatinam, where the annual festival at the Velankanni Matha basilica that attracts the faithful from all over the world, got underway last week.
However, trouble waited for them at the basilica in form of a 100-member strong mob who demanded that they return to Sri Lanka immediately. However, the protesters dispersed after the police intervened and assured them that the pilgrims would leave the basilica on Tuesday morning. The pilgrim party left Poondi for Velankanni at 2am on Tuesday in seven vehicles with police escort.
Though they were allowed to pray at the shrine, protesters shadowed them everywhere. Anticipating trouble, police stepped up security and made arrangements to escort them to Trichy airport. “They were sent to Trichy airport and a police team escorted them,” told by G Ramar, superintendent of police, Nagappattinam.
Tamilians with self respect will never allow any Sri Lankan in Tamil Nadu.