Dec 21, Chennai: The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa Saturday lashed out at the Indian government for participating in naval exercises with Sri Lankan Navy and asked Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately recall the two Coast Guard ships and the personnel participating in the trilateral maritime exercise in Sri Lanka.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister said she is totally dismayed to note from media reports that the Indian Coast Guard is participating in a marine defence exercise and has deputed ships, officers and men to Trincomalee, to participate in this exercise which is reported to be commencing in Sri Lanka today.
The Trilateral Tabletop Exercise (TTEX) 2013 with the participation of Officers of Sri Lanka Coast Guard along with Coast Guard officers of India and Maldives commenced Wednesday in the Eastern port city of Trincomalee.
Two Indian Coast Guard Ships 'Vishwast' and 'Rajkamal' arrived at the Trincomalee Port to take part in the trilateral exercise from the 18th to 20th and they will call on Port of Colombo on 22nd December until they leave on the 26th.
"This is in complete and callous disregard of the strong views and emotions of the people of Tamil Nadu clearly and unambiguously conveyed in my earlier letters to the Prime Minister, through Assembly resolutions and through protests, agitations and demonstrations by the people of Tamil Nadu,", the Chief Minister wrote to the PM.
"The Government of India has still chosen to ride rough shod over the groundswell of emotions in Tamil Nadu and has persisted with its policy stance towards Sri Lanka," Jayalalithaa noted.
"This is the same Sri Lanka Navy which continues to prey upon innocent fishermen from Tamil Nadu with impunity and subjects them to abduction, arrest, torture and long periods of detention," Jayalalithaa said.
"Such an overt act of defence co-operation with a nation that puts down its own hapless Tamil minority citizens and perpetrates serious human rights violations upon them, can only be termed as outrageous and condemnable," she added.