India may airlift Lankan officers

India is considering airlifting the two Sri Lankan officers undergoing training at the Defence Service Staff College at Wellington in Tamil Nadu as protests against their presence continues.

The Press Trust of India (PTI) reported that the MDMK headed by Vaiko has announced that it would lay siege to the college campus tomorrow (Tuesday).

The Sri Lankans might be airlifted to either Bengaluru or nearest ‘safe place’ to prevent pro-Eelam Tamil outfits and parties from further intensifying their protests against the training of the Sri Lankans, a Defence official, who did not want to be quoted, said today, according to PTI.

Though there was a plan to send them by car to Bengaluru yesterday itself after Naam Tamizhar Katchi activists managed to storm the high-security Madras Regimental Centre housing the college, it was dropped considering their safety, the official said.

Another option was to send them by helicopter to Sulur near here and from there to Bengaluru, the official said, adding a final decision would be taken as per orders from higher defence authorities. (Colombo Gazette)

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