Written by Tharushan Fernando
11 Sep, 2015 | 10:41 pm
Sri Lankan Ambassador to Nepal, W.M. Senaviratne, requested the public to make inquiries from the Sri Lankan Embassy in Nepal before travelling to Lumbini.
The Ambassador stated that these steps have been taken due to the ongoing protests in Nepal against the enactment of a new constitution.
Foreign media have reported that travel has been disrupted in a number of areas owing to a series of protest which have been launched over a month.
Ven. Hakurugammana Saddhatissa Thera of the Maha Bodhi Society stated that around 350 devotees arrived Lumbini from Sri Lankan yesterday and they made preparations to return to India amidst the ongoing political unrest. He added that the devotees found it difficult to get on board the buses as trees which were cut down were obstructing the road.
He further stated:
As the buses were stopped by the police, we took measures to provide shelter for those devotees at the Maha Bodhi Society at night and facilitated their return to India as the roads opened.
The Sri Lankan Ambassador for Nepal noted that 200 Sri Lankans who were on a pilgrimage to Lumbini were sent home, given the impediments.
Sri Lankan Ambassador for Nepal, W.M. Seneviratne further stated that Sri Lankans who arrived in Lumbini were able to return safely today. He said:
We would like to request Sri Lankan devotees who wish to come to Lumbini to call and discuss with the officials of the Sri Lankan embassy in Nepal about the visit, before leaving India and we would like to inform the public to formulate a proper plan to visit Dambadiva.
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