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Customs seize aprons with Buddha images

A stock of 5,424 sets of kitchen apparels with printed images of the Buddha was seized today by the Customs in a container in transshipment, Customs Spokesman Dharmasena Kahandawa said. 

He said the kitchen apparel sets were found during the Customs checking on several other goods from India. 

“Each set included an apron, two oven gloves and a table serviette in 904 cartons,” he said. The stock was detected while the container was opened for unloading some other items in Sri Lanka. The shipment had arrived from Tuticorin (Thoothukudi) few days ago and the ship was travelling to Slovenia, in the Central Europe via Sri Lanka. The cargo arrived at the BQ4 warehouse of the Colombo Port on December 2 and the shipment arrived on SS St. John Ark. Officials said investigations would be done and relevant actions would be taken by the Custom

s He said the Sri Lanka Customs would inform to the Indian Customs to conduct an inquiry and to stop such items that hurt the sentiments on any religion.   After the investigation Customs will hand over the consignment to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana, he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
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