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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

Sonia Gandhi visit to Tamil Nadu: Police launched surveillance operation to monitor Sri Lankan Tamil refugees

By Walter Jayawardhana

Special surveillance methods have been utilized by the Police to monitor Sri Lankan Tamils in refugee camps in Central and Southern Tamil Nadu since Congress President Sonia Gandhi is visiting the state, police said.

There are 108 Sri Lankan refugee camps existing in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and many of them are infested by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, (LTTE). The leader of the Tamil Tigers and his intelligence Chief have been convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi , who was killed in the suburb of Siriperumbudur, near the city of Chennai. It is believed some refugee camp residents also were connected to the plot.

During the Rajiv assassination, had Indian intelligence agencies decoded the LTTE's messages they intercepted, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination could have been averted, said the final report of the Justice M.C. Jain Commission.

The report concluded: ``There was a failure of intelligence -- both local and central. Else, such a national tragedy could have been averted.''

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, widow of Rajiv, who is also the leader of the ruling United Progressive Alliance is scheduled to participate in the opening ceremony of an auditorium constructed by Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram for Alagappa University and attend a rally at Karaikudi.

In the close by Mandapam and Kottapattu camps over seven thousand Sri Lankan refugees live.

Quoting Sanjiv Kumar, Inspector General of Police, South Zone, who is camping at Karaikudi, The Hindu newspapers said on Wednesday, that the Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Vijay Kumar, had chalked out a plan of action to monitor Sri Lankan refugees. “As for open camp refugees and non-camp Tamils, we have devised a mechanism to monitor them. It is being strictly enforced.”

According to the Jain report , radio messages from LTTE had been decoded months before the Rajiv Gandhi assassination indicating the assassination but they have been neglecting the reports. Even PLO Chairman the lateYasar Arafat had some information about that conveyed to India but the obviously inefficient intelligence services failed to take notice of them, the report said.

- Asian Tribune -

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