Twenty five Sri Lankan soldiers who went for special training in a defence academy in Tamil Nadu on Friday were sent back to Sri Lanka because of protests from some Tamil groups there, Indian media reports said yesterday.
They said the 25 soldiers were scheduled to take up special training at the elite Defence Service Staff College at Wellington in Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu.
The soldiers were put on a bus to Chennai from where they were to take a flight back home, the reports said. Some 200 activists of various pro-Sri Lankan Tamil outfits had earlier staged a demonstration in front of the Madras Regimental Centre (MRC) at Wellington to protest over the training programme.
The protesters were from the Periyar Dravida Kazhagam (PDK), Naam Tamizhar Party (NTP) and the Viduuthualai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK).
Military spokesperson Ubaya Mediwala, however, denied any Sri Lankan soldiers had been listed for a training programme in South India.