Sri Lankan pilgrims given all clear

On President Rajapaksa’s instructions, officials at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in India and the Deputy High Commissioner’s Office in Chennai were dispatched to Bodhgaya on the very day that the explosions took place, to coordinate with authorities in India as required, to ensure the safety and security of the sacred site as well as pilgrims, particularly from Sri Lanka. The  High Commission of Sri Lanka in India, New Delhi says the Sri Lankan public can resume pilgrimage to the sacred Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya.On the morning of Sunday 7 July, the sacred Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya in Bihar suffered a series of low intensity blasts. Having consulted all concerned, the High Commission of Sri Lanka in India says the Sri Lankan public can resume pilgrimage to the sacred Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile, Sri Lankan pilgrims were advised to postpone their planned pilgrimages to Bodhgaya by one week to facilitate investigations into the attack and to allow time and space to review and strengthen security in the Bodhgaya temple complex.The Mahabodhi Temple is now once again open to the public. Authorities of the Central Government of India and the state of Bihar, in consultation with the Temple Management Committee have established a security system that will provide for the safety and security of all pilgrims to the Mahabodhi Temple. Immediately following the explosions, President Mahinda Rajapaksa issued a statement condemning the attacks. He spoke soon therafter to the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, and expressed Sri Lanka’s solidarity with the peace loving people of Bihar and India, and offered any assistance that may be required.