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Accusing the Centre of being mischievous and insensitive,Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa asked the Prime Minister to immediately send back two officers from the Sri Lankan armed forces who are being imparted training at the Defence Services Staff College,Wellington,Nilgiris district.
In yet another letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday,Jayalalithaa raised the issue of Lankan personnel being given training in India,which,according to her,was an act that was insensitive to the sentiments of the people in Tamil Nadu. The latest provocation was the permission granted to Major Dissanayaka Mohottalalage Vengra of the Sri Lankan Army and Captain Hewawasam Kandaudage of the Navy to undergo 11 months training at the college from May 19.
It is very clear that this fact of ongoing training since May 2012 has been mischievously concealed from my government,showing scant regard for the views of my government as well as for the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu, charged Jaya in the letter,recalling earlier instances when similar controversies broke in the state following which she expressed the strong views of the state government in no unclear terms… on imparting training to defence personnel from Sri Lanka.
Strong objections from all parties like the AIADMK and opposition parties including UPA ally DMK,had forced the Centre to stop the training programme for nine Lankan Air Force personnel at the Air Force Station at Tambaram near Chennai and shift them to similar facility in neighbouring Karnataka.