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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

Prabhakaran's parents found in IDP camp

[caption id="attachment_3383" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Prabhakaran’s Father Thiruwengadam Velupillai and mother Velupillai Parvathi Pillai. Also in the picture are the slain membe, Prabhakaran, his wife Mathivathani and his eldest son Charles Anthony"]Prabhakaran’s Father Thiruwengadam Velupillai and mother Velupillai Parvathi Pillai. Also in the picture are the slain membe, Prabhakaran, his wife Mathivathani and his eldest son Charles Anthony[/caption]

From S Murari, Chennai

Chennai, 02 August,( Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka army officials say the parents of dead Tamil Tiger leader Vellupilai Prabhakaran have been found inside a camp for displaced people, Canadian website Vancouverite.com has reported.

Quoting the Sri Lankan Government, it said "Prabhakaran’s father Veraswami Thiruwengadam Velupillai and mother Velupillai Parvathi Pillai(79) have been identified by military authorities while living inside one of the welfare villages in Vavuniya.”

They escaped in the final stages of war and were living incognito inside the camp, but the Sri Lankan intelligence identified them, the report said.

The two were living in Tiruchi in India when Prabhakaran engaged the Indian Peace-Keeping Force in a bitter battle between October 1987 and March 1990.

Others who were living with Prabhakaran were killed, They included Prabhakaran's wife Mathivathani, his son Charles Anthony and daughter Dwaraka, the report claimed. The LTTE chief has a sister living in Toronto and the displaced parents may be eligible to be sponsored to come to Canada. But it is not known if Canada will be willing to accept them considering they lived behind the LTTE lines since 2003 and were looked after by their son wanted for the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and former Sri Lankan President R Premadasa and whose outfit LTTE has been banned as a terrorist outfit in over 30 countries.

A section of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora is in a state of denial though the Government has matched the bodies of Prabhakaran and his son Charles Anthony through DNA tests done by army labs. Authorities have provided pictures from the family albums of Prabhakaran as well as pictures of his gun belt and his revolver. Among items shown is a satellite phone used by the LTTE chief. Valuable documents have been taken for further analysis to help authorities in Canada, U.S. UK. and Germany identify LTTE agents living there.

Sri Lanka army commander Gen. Sarath Fonseka says intelligence authorities have seized the satellite phone used by Prabhakaran and calls made by him will provide information about the terror chief’s contacts.

In an interview with ITN television in Sri Lanka, Gen Fonseka said the army has got valuable information from the satellite phone used by Prabhakaran.

Examination of Tiger documents is likely to provide overseas police and intelligence agencies with information about the names and locations of LTTE men in Canada, the U.K., Germany and the United States as well as southern India, the website quoted sources as saying.

It said the Sri Lankan government has provided proof of the death of Prabhakaran in the form of videos, photos as well as idenification by former LTTE leaders .Sri Lankan authorities have shown pictures of Prabhakaran’s identity card and his dog-tag.

Gen Fonseka himself said “troops of 53 Division commanded by Major General Kamal Goonarathne found the bullet ridden body of the terrorist leader lying on the bank of the Nanthikadal lagoon".

A picture of Prabhakaran’s dead body was shown on TV in Sri Lanka. It appeared that Prabhakaran's head had been blown off, possibly as a result of shrapnel from artillery or bombing by aircraft of the small area in which the Tigers were cornered.

Several former LTTE men, including Daya Master who crossed over to the army side in the final stages of the war, identified Prabhakaran's body.

Sri Lanka declared total victory over terror and published a list of top 18 LTTE leaders killed. The government said troops were trying to collect and identify some 350 bodies of LTTE fighters. Later, eight more names of top-tier leaders was also added to the list of the dead.

One key missing piece of information is about the body of LTTE intelligence chief Pottu Amman.

While Sri Lanka has said he too was killed, there has been no positive identification presented.

But pro-LTTE website TamilNet continues to describe reports of Prabhakaran's death as lacking in evidence.

The U.S. registered TamilNet.com had quoted a wanted LTTE officer as saying Sri Lanka soldiers had carried out a massacre of the leadership while some were attempting to negotiate terms to end the fighting. The LTTE statement said two of its officers( believed to be Nadesan and Pulithevan) were walking with white flags when they were shot.

The LTTE said it released several Sri Lankan soldiers as a gesture of goodwill in a bid to win peace, but an army statement contradicted that report, adding the captives were freed during a military operation.

However, LTTE's external wing chief Kumaran Pathmanathan who has since taken over the leadership, has announced that Prabhakaran is dead.

The portal from Vancouver said Canadians of Tamil origin are angry and resentful towards the government of Sri Lanka over the killing of LTTE leaders and the retrieval of 15,000 sq.km of territory formerly held by the separatists.

Several LTTE front organisation have operated in Canada over the years though the LTTE is a designated terrorist entity in that country. Tamils living in Canada remain loyal to the separatist cause and many hundreds of Tamil homes have pictures of Prabhakaran. They also held ceremonies in public school auditoria to mark the "martyrdom" of LTTE fighters.

- Asian Tribune -

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