No military training for Lankans in TN


The Sri Lankan military will not be given training in Tamil Nadu, Indian Defence Minister A.K Anthony said today.

He said this after opening a new airbase in Thajavur, Tamil Nadu today to house a squadron of Indian Air Force lethal Su-30 MKI combat aircraft, making it the first fighter squadron in south India that will help maintain vigil over the Indian Ocean region.

In March this year Indian Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan protested against the training of two Sri Lankan military personnel in India and demanded that they be sent back immediately.

Almost all political parties in Tamil Nadu had expressed their objection to the training given to the two Sri Lankan officials at the time.

DMK president M. Karunanidhi, a constituent of the Congress-led UPA had also urged the Centre to send back the officials, and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to halt the training in Wellington.