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India denies SLAF training in Tamil Nadu

The Indian Defence Minister has stated that Sri Lankan Air Force personnel are not being trained in Tamil Nadu, following controversy over the alleged training last month.

Widespread condemnation of the programme led to the Sri Lankan personnel being shifted out of Tamil Nadu into other parts of India, with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha in particular voicing her criticisms.

See our earlier post: Jayalalitha slams Delhi over SL training as Karunanidhi changes stance again (16 July 2012)

Defence Minister A K Antony told the Rajya Sabha,

"At present no personnel of the Sri Lankan Air Force is undergoing training in Tamil Nadu."

"The views expressed by various (political) parties have been considered by the government keeping in view all aspects of national interest."