Two senior Sri Lankan defence officials today left here cutting short their visit to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, India in the wake of protests by political parties in Tamil Nadu against imparting training to them by India.
Major General Jagath Diaz of the Sri Lankan Army and Rear Admiral S Ranasinghe of the Lankan Navy left the hotel where they were staying in Coonoor near Wellington at around 5.45 am and reached here by road escorted by police, a senior police official said.
The two Sri Lankan officials left the city by a special aircraft, the official said. Police and Defence sources, however, refused to reveal their destination.
They had come to Wellington in neighbouring Nilgiris district after undergoing training at the National Defence Academy, New Delhi.
Their departure comes a day after Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and key UPA ally DMK President M Karunanidhi demanded that the two officers be sent back, saying imparting of training to Sri Lankan defence personnel by India hurt the sentiments of Tamils.
The two officials, part of a 25-member delegation comprising representatives of 10 countries, were at the Wellington college to attend a two-day seminar, which is to conclude today.
This is the second incident in recent days when Sri Lankan defence personnel were forced to leave Tamil Nadu in the wake of protests by the political parties.
Eight Sri Lankan airforce men, undergoing training at the IAF base near Chennai, were shifted to Bangalore after Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi and others demanded they be sent back.(Outlook India)
They certainly have now realised their mistake helping SL in 2009.
lal Wednesday, 18 July 2012 05:25 AM
No civilians in their right mind would want to go to Tamil Nadu to find out if they are welcome or not. The situation there is seen as threatening towards Sinhalese, and it is upto TN leadership allay the fears. Besides, I for one who has been there once will never set foot on that dirty, squalid state even if they change their politics for the better.
Jacoob Wednesday, 18 July 2012 04:50 AM
It is all happening with the connivance of the central govet.. It is high time for you to come out from the rock palace in Sigiriya and see out side world.
Jacoob Wednesday, 18 July 2012 04:48 AM
well said Vimal puthe..
dalu Banda Wednesday, 18 July 2012 04:36 AM
Shall we (they) start a trade embargo also?
Mike Samson Wednesday, 18 July 2012 02:30 AM
No,idiot, you are wrong. the sri lankan security forces have done a very great help to the whole world by crushing the LTTE.
yojee Tuesday, 17 July 2012 06:06 PM
well said Bandara...
idiot Tuesday, 17 July 2012 06:00 PM
Calistus, yours is not an educated comment. Read it again. The crux of the matter is TN is very cross with SL Govt and their armed forces for treating SL Tamils badly. It is that simple.
Nodrog Tuesday, 17 July 2012 10:47 AM
India can't train our Forces but they certainly could train the LTTE.
bandara Tuesday, 17 July 2012 01:10 PM
srilankans are not being treated as persona non grata, only the defence personnel, that too only in TN not in rest of India. Civilians are most welcome, some acting in Indian films and some are dancing. No one objects. Even Sl cricketers are playing in IPL including matches in TN and no one objects to that. So must realise the reasons for this.
Bushel Tuesday, 17 July 2012 12:31 PM
This kind of incidents never take place in any other part of the world where training is given lawfully or even unlawfully. No protests are made and even if protested it will never be cared.
Kasyapa Tuesday, 17 July 2012 12:21 PM
It's a shame to Central Indian government that they are not able to ensure the security of somewhat premier invitees / officials of a foreign country. And, it's resolute that no training is required from such an Army of India.
vimal Tuesday, 17 July 2012 12:18 PM
We are being taught a different lesson by india these days.
Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 17 July 2012 12:05 PM
So, Sri Lankans are treated as persona non grata in Tamil Nadu, without any consideration to the thousands of their country cousins living in all parts of Sri Lanka. What a shame.
panni Tuesday, 17 July 2012 11:51 AM
Sri Lankan Government should take a firm decision about this matter..They keep sending the boys to India for Training.. Indian keep sending them back...
david Tuesday, 17 July 2012 11:03 AM
Shame...SL official must have avoided.
maligawatte Tuesday, 17 July 2012 10:57 AM
Why nonsense with TN politicians? Send them to China or Pakistan for special trainings??
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