Notwithstanding the demands of Chief Minister of the state of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa, DMK president M. Karunanidhi and other Tamil Nadu political leaders, the Indian Government on Monday reiterated that it would continue to train defence personnel from Sri Lanka in Indian military establishments as it was a friendly nation,The Hindu reported.
This was stated by Indian Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju at a press conference yesterday(27).
Already protests have been staged in Tamil Nadu against providing training to Sri Lankan defence personnel.
Asked about the opposition in Tamil Nadu, Mr. Raju said: “Sri Lanka is a friendly country and the training will go on. Sometimes objections are raised by local governments which we have to take into consideration.”
Ms. Jayalalithaa, in a recent letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, referred to the training of Major Dissanayaka Mohottalalage Vengra and Captain Hewawasam Kadaudage at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (near Udhagamandalam in Tamil Nadu) since May 19 this year, and wanted him to instruct the Defence Ministry to stop it, the Newspaper further stated.
Earlier in July, nine personnel, who came for training at the Indian Air Force Station at Tambaram (a suburb of Chennai) were relocated to Bangalore, following protests from Tamil Nadu politicians, The Hindu further stated.