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Centre adamant on providing training to Sri Lankans

Chennai, Aug 28 (): In spite of the demands made by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, DMK president M. Karunanidhi and other Tamil Nadu political leaders, the Centre on Monday  continued to provide training to Sri Lankan personnel in Indian military organization by terming that it was a friendly nation.

Several protests were made by all the major political parties across Tamil Nadu against providing training to Sri Lankan defense personnel who, are indulged in attacking ruthlessly the Indian fishermen on the high seas and who were also responsible for the brutal killing of innocent Tamils during Colombo’s war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009.

“Sri Lanka is a social and friendly country and there is nothing wrong to train the country’s personnel. Every now and then the state government opposes which was taken into considerations,” said Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju at a press conference.

The chief minister of Tamil Nadu Ms. Jayalalithaa, in a recent letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a couple of days back, has mentioned regarding the ongoing training of Major Dissanayaka Mohottalalage Vengra and Captain Hewawasam Kadaudage at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (near Udhagamandalam in Tamil Nadu) from May 19, 2012. Jayalalithaa in her letter insisted the prime minister to stop the training without further delay.

Even in the month of July, when nine personnel who came for training at the Indian Air Force Station at Tambaram (a suburb of Chennai) were displaced to Bangalore, after a large uproar by the political parties throughout the state.

D. Raja, CPI national secretary and Rajya Sabha member from Tamil Nadu has accused Mr. Raju’s views as unacceptable. The central government should no more continue its stand of being tactless to the demands and sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu and without having a second thought should send back all the Sri Lankan defence personnel from India, said Mr Raja.

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