LTTE’s downfall began with Rajiv killing- V. Muralidharan
Karuna Amman alias Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan, former bodyguard of
Velupillai Prabhakaran and presently National Integration and
Reconciliation Minister told BBC-Radio 4 that the dead terrorist
leaders’ downfall began with the assassination of former Indian Prime
Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Muralidharan said “That was a big mistake because following that, 20
countries banned the LTTE as a terrorist organization. Before that, many
Governments had been supporting them behind the scene.”
However, he did not mention about the countries supported the
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated through a plot by Prabhakaran and Pottu
Amman and it was done at Siriperumbudur, a suburb of Chennai. The former
ideologue of the LTTE, late Anton Balasingham called it a monumental
historical tragedy, regretted it but immediately after that the LTTE
officially backtracked on it.
In Today program, Muralidharan said Prabhakaran’s first serious
strategic mistake came in May 1991, with the assassination of the Indian
Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He said he had no fore knowledge of the
operation but immediately suspected Prabhakaran and his Intelligence
Chief Pottu Amman because the assassination had been carried out by a
suicide bomber, an LTTE hallmark.
“I told Prabhakaran that he had made a big mistake,” said
Muralidharan. “He denied it but I knew. Following the incident, 20
countries banned the LTTE as a terrorist organization,” he added.
Prabhakaran killed Gandhi to punish India for its military
intervention in Sri Lanka in the late 1980s, but in the long term, the
killing would severely affected the LTTE’s course.
Prabhakaran never came forward to fight the foes during a battle.
That corroborates with what happened during the final hours of
Prabhakaran’s life. Without fighting or consuming cyanide as he had
ordered others to do, he tried to flee in an armour plated vehicle with
ambulance markings. Later he was killed when the vehicle was destroyed
by rocket fire, Muralidharan said.
“In my 22 years with the LTTE, Prabhakaran never came to the
battlefield. He always stayed behind the lines. Everyone knows
Prabhakaran as this iron man and a born leader. But he was never like
that,” he said. Prabhakaran would have never surrendered to the Army
because he knew his crimes, Muralidharan added.