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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2678

London Travel Agent's Links Under Scrutiny

Colombo June 12 (Asiantribune.com): Reports in “Asian Tribune” and other news media about the connections and conduct of a London travel agent who is alleged to have been part of a gang that attacked a Tamil Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), in Rayners Lane, Harrow, Middlesex in the UK and threatened to kill some leading members of the staff is beginning to worry and hospitality industry in Sri Lanka and the authorities.

The Sunday Island reported yesterday about the arrest by the Metropolitan Police of the notorious Nadarajah Sethurupan the web operator of the LTTE site www.nitharsanam.com.

Our sources told “Asian Tribune” that they have heard from London that on the same night that the attack on TBC took place, the another travel agency was vandalized by some people who broke the outside signs and complaints had been made to the police.

This travel agency is supposed to be situated quite close to the TBC radio and another travel firm belonging to Time Travel and Tours.

Even before the Sunday Island report “Asian Tribune” had named K. Suthaharan, the owner of Time Travel and Tours, as the man who slipped away from the scene as the police arrived in response to telephone calls by threatened
staff at TBC.

Our inquiries here in Colombo from the hospitality industry and airlines reveal that Suthaharan is a leading travel agent for Sri Lankan Airlines and the airline has feted him earlier. He runs an office in the World Trade Centre in Colombo as we reported before.

As “Asian Tribune” has already said Suthaharan has said he is an LTTE member and was involved numerous activities of the LTTE in England.

Those in the tourism and travel industry in Colombo, already worried about how tourism would fair in the future are asking whether a person who is involved in such alleged questionable connections should be any part of Sri Lanka's national airline given the possible dangers.

"Who knows what else this fellow is up to in London and here? I hope the authorities will look at this seriously," an official of a foreign airline told “Asian Tribune.”

The Tourist Board and Sri Lankan Airlines should be very vigilant about who they appoint and entertain, an executive of a major seaside tourist hotel told “Asian Tribune.”

- Asian Tribune -

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