Arrest of LTTE operative in Tamil Nadu
SL Forces on 24-hour alert
The arrest of an LTTE operative in a southern coastal village of
Tamil Nadu, purported to be on his way to the Sri Lanka’s Northern
peninsula has sent shock waves among intelligence authorities. The
operative was accompanied by two Indian nationals.
Army spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera told the Sunday Observer
that on the orders of the Defence Secretary, investigations have been
initiated by the Army intelligence Unit and the three forces had been
placed on a 24-hour alert. He said there would be no compromise on
matters of national security.
The Tamil Nadu police on July 19, arrested a suspected LTTE
operative, believed to have served as one of the secretaries of slain
Tiger leader V. Prabhakaran. According to reports, the detection and
arrest had been made during a vehicle check in a coastal village in
Ramannathapuram. Two local residents accompanying the operative had also
According to reports, inquiries had revealed the three men had
arranged to cross the Palk Strait to get to Sri Lanka’s Northern
peninsula on a mission to revive the decimated militant movement.
The LTTE operative was identified as Krishankumar, 39. His companions
were identified as Rajendran and Saikumar.
The police also seized 75 cyanide capsules and 300 gm of cyanide
powder along with 4 GPS devices, mobile phones, Indian and Lankan
currency. According to the Chennai-based reports, police had confirmed
that Krishankumar had earlier stayed in one of the special camps for Sri
Lankan refugees where suspected Tigers and LTTE sympathisers are lodged.
Asked for his comments on the matter ex-LTTE combatant now in the
democratic mainstream, Rasiah Kirubakaran alias Kadir, told the Sunday
Observer the report in question comes at a time when they have chosen
the democratic path.
He said they have no links whatsoever with such elements and the
government authorities should ascertain the veracity of such reports.
Kadir is presently the administrative chief of the Crusaders for
Democracy (CFD), the political party of the rehabilitated ex-combatants
that is contesting the August 17 parliamentary elections from the Jaffna
District as an independent group.