Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha has said that nine personnel from the Sri Lanka Air Force, who are being trained in Chennai, must immediately be sent back.
The officers arrived at the Tambaram Air Force station in Chennai, as part of an agreement between the governments of both countries for a nine-month training period.
Political parties in Tamil Nadu together pressured the Central government into voting against Sri Lanka last year at a session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday to take up the issue of Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy and secure their immediate release.
In a letter to Singh, Jayalalitha referring to the recent arrests of Indian fishermen, in addition to five who are already in Lankan prison, said these arrests further confirmed the unrelenting, harsh attitude of the Sri Lankan Navy towards Tamil Nadu fishermen.
She said already five fishermen from the state are languishing in Sri Lankan prisons due to a fabricated case since Nov 29, 2011.