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Protests make India withdraw SLA training in Tamil Nadu

[TamilNet, Sunday, 24 July 2011 07:51 No Comment]

A programme of the Indian military to train soldiers of the genocidal Army of Sri Lanka at the Madras Regimental Centre at Wellington in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu was withdrawn after a protest of the people of Tamil Nadu staged by Periyar Dravida Kazhakam (PDK), Naam Thamizhar Party (NTP), Viduthali Chiruththaigal Katchi (VCK) and other activists groups on Friday. 25 soldiers of Sri Lanka’s Army who arrived at Wellington Thursday night for a three months training were sent back in a bus via Chennai, Indian officials said Saturday. About 200 activists participated in the protest demonstration at Wellington on Friday. A wordy quarrel took place between the Tamil Nadu police and a section of the agitators when the latter attempted to squat on road, PTI reported.

Mutual training of the military personnel of India and Sri Lanka was agreed upon at the Army-to-Army talks held between the two establishments recently.

The Army-to-Army talk is a privilege India extends only to a few countries.

Government of India that abetted Sri Lanka’s genocidal war, is yet to see what is happening in the island is genocide against Tamils is a criticism mounting in Tamil Nadu.

The country of Eezham Tamils in the island is currently occupied and is virtually ruled by Sri Lanka’s Army, where permanent military cantonments are mushrooming. The SL military is to stay permanently, implied the commander of the SL Army in Jaffna, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe in an interview recently.

While New Delhi shielded Colombo over its war crimes and crimes against humanity at the UN Human Rights Council, the Tamil Nadu State government led by Ms. Jeyalalithaa recently enacted a resolution in the State assembly, demanding investigation of war crimes committed with the intention of genocide against Tamils in the island.

The protestors on Friday alleged that Tamils in Sri Lanka were suffering at the hands of that country’s Army and the decision to provide training to the island nation’s soldiers in Tamil Nadu was condemnable, Hindustan Times said.

Meanwhile, N. Ram, Editor of Chennai-based, The Hindu, highlighting an interview of Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday, reported the SL president defending the stationing of military in the Tamil districts, citing Iraq.

While the SL president was saying that the Army is in the north as it is everywhere in the island, his secretary was quick to supplement that it is not an occupation Army, Ram reported after a breakfast meeting with Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo.

Ram’s interview also highlighted the SL president not only totally denying the role of the SL Army in the crimes shown in the Channel 4 documentary, but also blaming the crimes shown in the documentary as acts of the LTTE.

The interview also reported that the SL president would now take up the issue of political solution through a Parliamentary Select Committee, but that land and police powers wouldn’t be given to the provinces.

The SL president, happy about Ms. Jeyalalithaa meeting his High Commissioner, invited her as well as parliamentarians from Tamil Nadu or anywhere else from India to visit Sri Lanka and visit north, The Hindu interview said.

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