Politicians in Tamil Nadu Monday took on the Centre over the presence of two Sri Lankan military officials at the Defence Service Staff College in Ooty,with Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa terming the move as callous and adamant.
Jayalalithaa as well as Opposition leaders have been asking the Centre not to train Lankan military in India,particularly in Tamil Nadu.
The Lankan officers Air Vice Marshal Jegath Julanga Diaz and Rear Admiral S Ranasinghe are training at the National Defence Academy in Delhi,along with 25 officers from 10 countries,and their visit to the college is part of the programme.
Their presence in Tamil Nadu,however,irked Jayalalithaa and she shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Imparting training to personnel belonging to Sri Lankan Armed Forces at defence training institutions in India and allowing them to visit Tamil Nadu reveals the utter disrespect shown to sentiments of people of Tamil Nadu, she wrote. The people of Tamil Nadu are frustrated and outraged by this callous and adamant attitude of the Government of India.
Joining the chorus,DMK chief M Karunanidhi said: It is unacceptable that at a time when Lankan armed forces are attacking the Tamils,their officers are being trained in India. The Centre should desist from repeatedly doing such acts and thereby not hurt the sentiments of Tamils.
Some days ago,reports of Lankan officers being trained at Tambaram Air Force Station near Chennai sparked protests in Tamil Nadu,forcing the Centre to shift them to Yelahenka Air Force Station in Bangalore.