New Delhi: India on Saturday issued an advice to its citizens, asking them to avoid unnecessary travel in view of the recent bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in the advice that those who have to travel to Sri Lanka due to emergency reasons may contact the Indian High Commission in Colombo, Assistant High Commission at Kandy and the Consulates located in Hambantota and Jaffna for assistance.
The MEA advice reads, “In view of the prevailing security situation in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of terror attacks on 21 April, Indian nationals intending to travel to Sri Lanka are advised not to undertake non-essential travel.”
“In case of those undertaking essential/emergency travels, they can contact the High Commission of India in Colombo or the Assistant High Commission in Kandy / Consulates in Hambantota and Jaffna in case of requirement of any assistance,” the MEA added.
The MEA said that security has been tightened in Sri Lanka, but an emergency including curfew was imposed throughout the night in the country, which could cause problems if one were traveling there.
On Easter Sunday, 253 people died in nine fidayeen attacks one after another in three churches and as many luxury hotels in Sri Lanka.
Terrorist organisation Islamic State took responsibility for these attacks.