India on Tuesday warned its citizens in Sri Lanka to be alert to recent developments in the island nation and plan their movements accordingly after an Indian working at a visa center was injured by unidentified persons.
The visa center’s director, Vivek Verma, was “seriously injured” in the attack near Colombo on Monday night, the Indian High Commission said in a tweet, and shared a photo of Verma with his bandaged arm in a sling.
Further details about the incident or those responsible for the attack were not immediately available.
“Officials from @IndiainSL met this morning Mr. Vivek Verma, an Indian national and Director of the Indian Visa Center, who was seriously injured in an unprovoked attack near #Colombo last night. The matter has been brought to the attention of authorities in #SriLanka,” the mission said in a tweet.
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It was the first case of an Indian citizen being assaulted in Sri Lanka after massive public protests against the government, which led to the recent resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as president. Rajapakse fled the country when protesters, angered by Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis, attacked the presidential palace and residence.
Sri Lankan lawmakers are set to elect a new president on Wednesday.
The Indian High Commission also noted that relations between the two countries are friendly.
“Its relationships between people [India] And [Sri Lanka] Has always been cordial and friendly. In the current situation, #Indians in #SriLanka are requested to be aware of the latest developments and plan their movements and activities accordingly. You can contact us if necessary,” the mission said in another tweet.
An estimated 14,000 Indian diaspora live in Sri Lanka.