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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2642

Kruna group imitating Prabhakaran in abducting, detaining, and killing Tamil dissidents

Colombo, 30 May, ( Nearly 80 pro-Pillaiyan cadres are held incommunicado in deplorable condition in camps run by Karuna supporters. Also 27 women, who are mostly mothers and wives of Pillaiyan supporters are detained illegally and held by Karuna's cadres. These detained women are wives and mothers of those Pillaiyan supporters who have left Amparai Batticaloa and joined Pillaiyan group in the Trincomalee district.

A spokesman for Pillaiyan group told the Asian Tribune said that the Karuna and Pillaiyan began attacking each other soon after district commanders Ajith, Devilkanth, Jeyanthan and Seelan the intelligent chief left Batticaloa and Amparai districts and joined with Pillaiyan group.

The spokesman further said that when the cadres under these commanders were on their way to Trincomalee in small groups, they were rounded up and arrested by Jeevendran, Sinnathamby and Eeswaran, all of whom are loyal to Karuna.

According to the spokesman Karuna's loyalist Thileepan is holding nearly 25 of Pillaiyan carders under arrest in 'Meenaham' TMVP Political Office located in the Govindan Road, Batticaloa and Iniyabarathi is holding another 25 cadres in his office-cum-camp in Akkaraipattu and Riyaseelan holds 30 of them at Vakarai.

Asian Tribune tried to contact Azad Moulana, spokesman for Karuna for confirmation and learnt that he has already fled the country and is residing abroad.

Karuna's cadres had also Seelan's wife, his one year old baby and mother-in-law and held them in custody. They were harassed by the Karuna cadres insisting that Seelan must return to Batticaloa and surrender for their release.

Similarly 27 other women – mainly wives and mothers of cadres who have joined Pillaiyan in Trincomallee -- too have been arrested by Karuna loyalists and held under house arrest.

Political observers note that Karuna is repeating the same mistakes of Prabhakaran, his former guru, in treating the Tamil dissidents. The history of the Tamil movements has proved that the Tamils who go in search of liberators find themselves falling from frying pan into the fire. Describing the plight of the Tamil man a leading Tamil activist living abroad told the Asian Tribune:

“The Tamils who went in search of a cure for minor itch in the back has been scrubbed by a red hot fire brand.” He also quoted the poplar saying: “The Tamil man fallen from the tree has been butted by a mad bull”.

In the meantime pamphlets are distributed in the east in the name of 'Intelligentsia Group' and 'Well-wishers of Eastern Province' demanding apology from Karuna for waging fratricidal war and killing fellow Tamil cadres from the East in the name of Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal. According to the pamphlets, Karuna must openly apologize for the terror he has let loose during and after the first week of May. Otherwise the pamphlet said that he must leave the country and allow the TMVP to be run by efficient people.

Pillaiyan spokesman too insisted that Karuna must apologize for his misdeeds openly and leave the country. He further said if the harassment of the cadres loyal to Pillaiyan continues, then Karuna would be forced to leave TMVP and also the country.

He added that at present out of nearly 1200 former TMVP military wing nearly 860 are with Pillaiyan and they are now quartered in Trincomalee district.

“We have enough strength to chase out Karuna from the TMVP and take over entire Eastern province. Therefore Karuna must apologize for his misdeeds and leave the country,” Pillaiyan spokesman thundered.

- Asian Tribune -

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