Chennai, Aug.4 ANI | 3 months ago

A 16-member under-15 cricket team from Sri Lanka was asked to leave Chennai on Monday due to security reasons.

The team had reached Chennai on Sunday night from Colombo to take part in the J M Haroon Cricket tournament, but tournament officials said the team was denied permission to participate in the tournament on Monday morning owing to security reasons.

The tournament had 12 participating teams and is scheduled from August 4 to 7.

But on Monday morning Tamil Nadu Police officials urged them to leave the city. The officials told them that they could not guarantee their safety.

The team left for Colombo after meeting Tamil Nadu Police officers.

The development comes just a few days after the Sri Lankan government was forced to withdraw controversial pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa from its defence website.

The Sri Lankan Defence Ministry also tendered an unqualified apology to both Modi and Jayalalithaa over the defamatory pictures on its website lampooning the two leaders.

Earlier, Jayalalithaa had written to Modi demanding an apology from the Sri Lankan High Commissioner. The article on the website titled - how meaningful are Jayalalithaa's love letters to Narendra Modi had pictures of Jayalalithaa dreaming about Modi.

Setting aside their differences, political parties in Tamil Nadu had strongly backed Jayalalithaa over the issue.

Hours after the article was published,it led to political furore accompanied by protests by AIADMK and Tamil outfits in various parts of the state besides NDA allies demanding India severe ties with Colombo even as the piece was later removed from the website.

(Posted on 04-08-2014)

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