India cancels military training for Sri Lankan soldiers following protests

July 23, Coimbatore: The Indian government has caved in to vehement protests from Tamil outfits and cancelled a proposed programme to train 25 Sri Lankan soldiers at the Defence Service Staff College at Wellington in the state of Tamil Nadu.

According to a PTI report today the officials have said that the proposed three month-long training program was cancelled and the soldiers who reached the college yesterday have been sent back.

Indian activists supportive of Sri Lankan Tamils staged a demonstration Friday in front of the Madras Regimental Centre (MRC) at Wellington in Tamil Nadu against the training of Sri Lankan Army soldiers at the center.

The soldiers were sent in a bus to Chennai from where they would return to Sri Lanka, the officials have said.

Over 200 activists of various pro-Sri Lankan Tamils outfits including Periyar Dravida Kazhagam (PDK), Naam Tamizhar Party and Viduthualai Chiruthaigal Katchi protested against the training.

PDK General Secretary K Ramakrishnan has condemned the Indian government’s decision to train soldiers of Sri Lankan Army in Tamil Nadu. He alleged that Tamils in Sri Lanka were suffering at the hands of Sri Lankan Army.

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