KUALA LUMPUR – The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Malaysia, Ibrahim Sahib Ansar, was beaten up at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Sunday after he refused to divulge the whereabouts of former Sri Lankan president who is on a visit to Malaysia to attend a conference.
According to Daily Mirror in Colombo, the High Commissioner was hit hard on the head and had to be rushed to hospital bleeding profusely.
Also injured and rushed to hospital was a second secretary in the mission. The mob got violent when Ansar asked them to find out from the police where Rajapaksa was.
Since Friday, local Tamis have been demonstrating and burning effigies of Rajapaksa who they described as a war criminal who should not have been invited to Malaysia at all.
The attack took place when High Commissioner arrived at the airport to send off Dinesh Gunawardena, an MP belonging to the joint opposition led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, former minister and Rajapaksa follower, Johnston Fernando, said that by the time the police arrived, the High Commissioner had been beaten up.
However, none of the members of the visiting delegation was attacked, he said. Rajapaksa is scheduled to return to Sri Lanka today.
The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry has also confirmed reports that Ibrahim had been assaulted on Sept 4.
The Sri Lankan government condemned the act of violence on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Malaysia, in the strongest terms.
The ministry added that it was taking all necessary action through diplomatic channels.
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed the incident. ” Police are now tracking down the perpetrators,” he said.