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Monday, 16 July 2012 - 12:59
Protest in Tamil Nadu against arrival of top army officials.
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A protest of MDMK members which ended with the arrest of 20 of them raised tensions in Coonoor last evening as news about the arrival of two Sri Lankan army officers, to take part in a seminar to be held at the Defence Services Staff College for the next two days, leaked.

Though a team comprising 25 army officers belonging to 10 countries arrived at a private hotel in Coonoor last afternoon, news about two Sri Lankan army officers being in the team started circulating by evening.

The team, which came out of the hotel to board a van for a sightseeing trip in the evening, had to withdraw after police intelligence sources asked them to stay back in the hotel citing tension building up in the town.

Police sources said two officers from Sri Lanka, Rear Admiral S M Ranasinghe and Major General Jagath Dias, are part of the team.

We spoke to the Ministry of External Affairs to find out more details regarding this incident.

Director General of the Ministry’s Mass Media and Communications Unit Sarath Dissanayaka stated that security of these officers has been ensured.

Meanwhile, our news team was also notified that the delay in recommencing passenger transport to Tuticorin can also be attributed to protests from Tamil Nadu.

The Tuticorin Ferry previously operated twice a week and was a cost effective mode of transport between Sri Lanka and India.

A spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Ports Authority confirmed that protest from Tamil Nadu has a significant impact on the delay to recommence the ferry services.

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