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Lankan airmen asked to leave Chennai

February 04, 2009 16:06 IST

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Eight Sri Lankan Air Force personnel who came to the Tambaram Air Force station in Chennai on Monday for training have been sent back to their country, following a demand made by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to the Centre.

The personnel were sent back on Tuesday night after instructions in this regard were issued by the Centre, an official release said on Wednesday.

Officials of the air force station in Chennai had sought police protection for these personnel. Police conveyed this information to the chief minister.

The chief minister immediately asked the air force officials to get in touch with the Centre, asking them to send the airmen back to their country. Accordingly, the Centre issued instructions.

Last year, a similar incident occurred when some Sri Lanka [Images]n army men who arrived at Coimbatore for training with Central Reserve Police Force were sent back to their country, following demands from political parties that army personnel from Sri Lanka should not be trained in India, as it would be used against Tamils in Sri Lanka.

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