"All Sri Lankan trainees are being sent off from this station as per instruction of the Ministry of Defence," a brief defence ministry statement said, a day after all political parties strongly protested training to nine Sri Lankan airmen in Chennai.
The training of the Lankan personnel by India [ Images ] came in the line of fire from political parties with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa [ Images ] describing it as an "insult to Tamil people" and others including her bitter rival, DMK, also joining in the chorus.
"At a time when there are voices demanding equal status for Tamils in Sri Lanka [ Images ], reports about Sri Lankan air force personnel receiving training at the Tambaram air force station near in Chennai has come as a shock to the Tamil people. I strongly condemn this," Jayalalithaa had said in a strongly-worded statement on Thursday.
DMK president M Karunanidhi [ Images ] and MDMK founder Vaiko said it was "condemnable" and demanded that they besent back.