LTTE most lethal - Indian tribunal
‘LTTE continues to use TN as a base’:
INDIA: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continues to be an
extremely potent, most lethal and well-organised terrorist force in Sri
Lanka and has strong connections in Tamil Nadu and certain pockets of
southern India, an Indian tribunal said yesterday.
The tribunal, set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,
was upholding the ban imposed on the outfit by the Centre on May 14,
Justice Vikramajit Sen of the Delhi High Court, who was on the
tribunal, agreed with the Centre’s submissions that “the LTTE continues
to use Tamil Nadu as the base for carrying out smuggling of essential
items like petrol and diesel, besides drugs, to Sri Lanka”.
The Centre was represented by Additional Solicitor-General P.P.
Malhotra, and Tamil Nadu by counsel S. Thananjayan. The LTTE was not
represented by counsel.
It was submitted that Kalpakkam and Kudankulam, where nuclear plants
are in existence, were proximate to LTTE bases in Sri Lanka. “The
Government of India is apprehensive that unless the ban on the LTTE
continues, acts of aggression on Indian soil are likely to occur.”
The judge also noted that the LTTE leaders had been cynical of
India’s policy on their organisation and action of the State machinery
in curbing its activities. Further, according to the submissions,
enquiries on the activities of LTTE cadres/dropouts who had recently
been traced in Tamil Nadu suggested that they would ultimately be used
by the outfit for unlawful activities.
The tribunal said stress was laid on the fact that V. Prabhakaran,
leader of the LTTE, and his intelligence chief Pottu Amman, wanted in
the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, were still absconding and declared
The tribunal took into consideration the submission that “the LTTE
will continue to remain a strong terrorist movement and stimulate the
secessionist sentiments to enhance its support base in Tamil Nadu as
long as Sri Lanka continues to remain in a state of ethnic strife torn
by the demand for Tamil Eelam which finds a strong echo in Tamil Nadu
due to the linguistic, cultural, ethnic and historical affinity between
the Sri Lankan Tamils and the Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka.”
The judge said: “Each of the submissions is fortified by instances
and documents. Examples have also been given of the cases which were
registered earlier and are still alive, and in many cases some of the
LTTE cadres and members of the Tamilar Pasarai, the Tamil National
Retrieval Troops and the Tamil Nadu Liberation Army, who are accused in
these cases, are at large and efforts are on to secure them.”
“In the absence of any representation from the LTTE, the entire
material placed by the Central Government as well as the State
government including deposition of their witnesses remains un-rebutted
and is taken as having been proved.”The LTTE was first banned in India
following the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.