Send back Sri Lankan Air Force trainees: Jayalalithaa


Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa Friday again urged the central government to send back the Sri Lankan Air Force personnel, now being trained in Bangalore, terming it “sad” that India was bowing before the island nation’s government.

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In a statement issued here, Jayalalithaa said: “It is sad that the Indian government instead leaping a tiger is bowing like a mouse before the Sri Lankan government. I once again urge the central government to take steps to send back the Sri Lankan Air Force personnel.”

Reports of Sri Lankan air force personnel being trained at the Tambaram air base on the outskirts of Chennai raised the hackles of all Dravidian parties and leaders in Tamil Nadu.

These include Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK, M. Karunanidhi of the DMK, which is a partner in the United Progressive Alliance central government, and MDMK leader Vaiko.

These leaders demanded the immediate expulsion of Sri Lankan Air Force personnel being trained in Tamil Nadu. The Sri Lankan Air Force personnel were then moved to Bangalore for training at Yelahanka air base July 6.

Tamil parties have accused the Sri Lankan military of committing atrocities on Tamil civilians during the final stages of the war against the separatist Tamil Tigers that ended in May 2009.

Jayalalithaa also criticised Karunanidhi for not pressurising the centre to send back the Sri Lankan trainees