The Sri Lankan government has denied a report that it is “exploring the possibility” of shifting the Deputy High Commissioner’s office from Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, following the recent incidents of violence against Lankans and their establishments in Tamil Nadu.
“There is no move to shift the mission, as of now. But it may be considered if the situation in Tamil Nadu worsens,” Foreign Secretary Karunatilaka Amunugama told Express here on Sunday, reacting to a front page report in The Sunday Times.
The paper had said that the move to shift the DHC’s office from Chennai was triggered by the “harassment” of a senior staffer, Senior Superintendent of Police, Rohan Dias, by pro-Tamil agitators. However, Lankan Foreign Ministry officials dealing with India said that Dias had not been subjected to any harassment.