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Stay off Bodh Gaya, Sri Lankan president tells pilgrims

Published: 08th July 2013 10:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th July 2013 10:02 AM   |  A+A-

The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday condemned the serial blasts in the world-renowned Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, and offered India his government’s “fullest support” in the hour of tragedy.

The President also spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and enquired about facilities available there. 

“Sri Lanka has undergone similar tragedies when the most venerated and sacred Temple of the Tooth and Sri Maha Bodhi, were mercilessly attacked by terrorists, some years ago.

“Acts of sabotage, destruction and vandalism against any religious place of worship must be totally condemned, and all peace loving human beings of all faiths must hold hands together to root out any acts against religions and places of worship and veneration,” Rajapaksa said.

Earlier in the day , the Lankan government advised Buddhist pilgrims planning to visit Bodh Gaya not to do so during the coming week, in view of the ongoing investigations into the serial blasts there.

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