Tamil people can begin talks on a federal solution only if ‘we have weapons’, says TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran: Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Member of Parliament (MP) Suresh Premachandran on August 29 said that Tamil people can begin talks on a federal solution only if ‘we have weapons’. He added, “We can talk going even beyond that. If we don’t have weapons we will get nothing.”
Several army camps in the Jaffna peninsula closed down, says military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya: Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya on August 26 said that several army camps in the Jaffna peninsula of Northern Province were closed down, further reducing the presence of troops in the area. He said, “Approximately 30 acres of lands and 10 houses in Thenmarachchi area were handed over to the civil authorities for them to hand over the properties to the original owners. This will further reduce the presence of troops in the area as part of a larger program launched by the security forces to locate troops in main camps where possible.”
Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has revealed that his party had ties with Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE), also known as Tamil Tigers, during the decade-long armed conflict in Nepal
In the startling revelation made on Friday, the Maoist leader, who later became the country’s prime minister in 2008, admitted that the Nepali Maoists had sought the Sri Lankan rebel groups.
Dahal, also called Prachanda in the party, was speaking at a training programme for the officer bearers of Maoist party’s ethnic and regional organisations, in Jorpati of Kathmandu yesterday, the Annapurna Post reported on Saturday.
On the occasion, Maoist leaders Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha were also present. They imparted training on the party cadres including CC members.
According to him, it was the first time that he was making public the ties between the LTTE and his party.
Saying that the LTTE was also fighting for ethnic liberation, Dahal tried to justify the relationship with the Tamil Tigers. The insurgency in Nepal was a “movement for national liberation”, he added.
He further revealed that LTTE had also sought help from the Maoist side.
He was all-praise of the separatist movement in Sri Lanka, and called the LTTE, now defunct, an “organisation of the brave.” According to him, the LTTE was revolting against the atrocity.
Though he did not elaborate what sort of help the then CPN-Maoist received from the Tamil Tigers and how the relation was established, Dahal hinted that the LTTE’s support helped a lot to fight against the then regime.
He, however, lamented the Chinese assistance in the suppression of LTTE in Sri Lanka.
SUNDAY, 01 SEPTEMBER 2013 10:55
Two suspected members of the LTTE, who were apprehended by ‘Q’ Branch sleuths in the city on Friday, were reportedly in the process of devising IEDs to trigger blasts in Sri Lanka.
While Sivaneshwaran alias Nesan (34) was formerly an important functionary in the political recruitment wing of the LTTE, Gopi alias Manoharan (37) had completed his training and was a member of the outfit’s cadre, police said.
Police have reason to believe that the duo has links with ‘eelam’ sympathizers based in France and had been receiving funds from them.
“They said they were initially not inclined to plant bombs in Sri Lanka. But on seeing the Sinhalese occupying traditional Tamil areas in the island nation, they felt that blasts would discourage Sinhalese from settling in Tamil areas. Moreover, Nesan had lost his sister and Gopi his father in the final stages of the war, for which they said they wanted to take revenge,” said a source.
The two had also been actively lobbying among political leaders in the State for the cause of Lankan Tamils, Q-branch sources said.
After evading the police net last December, the duo was believed to be hiding in Tiruchy with the help of a local functionary of a political party. When the ‘Q’ Branch got a tip-off that the duo had shifted to Chennai recently, the sleuths traced them to the Sri Devi apartments on Church Road in Golden George Nagar at Mogappair.
Both Nesan and Gopi, hailing from Jaffna, had arrived with valid travel documents after the completion of the war. Nesan arrived in September 2009 and Gopi arrived in July 2011. Police said they did not seize any explosive material during Friday’s arrest.
They were produced in a court at Tambaram and remanded in judicial custody.
Police said one more person, believed to have been trained in bomb-making by this group is still at large and it is not clear whether he has left the country.