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LTTE activist, two others held in Chennai

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Jayakumar, believed to be one of the highest ranking LTTE operatives arrested in India after the Norwegian-arranged CFA came into operation in February, 2002, is widely believed to be a central figure in the LTTE arms procurement ring. Under interrogation, he has revealed the financial support received from the UK based LTTE organisations in support of the operations in Sri Lanka.

Copyright @ 2007, Chennai Interactive
Dec 10, 2007


Chennai, Dec. 09: A Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger guerrilla has been arrested here along with two accomplices - including an Indian - on charges of smuggling war materials to the rebels in the island nation.

The Q Branch of the Tamil Nadu Police - which deals with insurgent activities - made the arrests Saturday night near the international airport here, a statement from the police said Sunday.

The three were identified as James alias Raja, 46, and Jayakumar, 34, (both Sri Lankans) and Ravi Kumar, 42, an Indian. Jayakumar reportedly told the police that he belonged to the Sea Tigers, the LTTE's sea wing, from 1995 to 2006 during which he took part in battles against the Sri Lankan military.

Jayakumar added that after quitting the Sea Tigers, he sailed to Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu in early 2007 by boat on the orders of Soosai, the Sea Tigers leader.He is from Velvettiturai in Jaffna where LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran was born.

James, who belongs to Mannar in Sri Lanka, said he visited India thrice this year using his passport. He later flew to India in October and then went on to buy for the LTTE computer spare parts, underwater footwear, global positioning system and bundles of beedis, the statement said.

Police seized Rs.4,78,290 in Indian currency and Rs.4,140 Sri Lankan rupees and four mobile phones from the group.

The men, according to the police, had tried to hire a boat. The boat was reportedly being harboured in Mallipattinam on the Thanjavur coast, about 450 km south.

Jayakumar reportedly said he went to Thanjavur and bought it for Rs.480,000 sent by Soosai and an LTTE fund controller based in London.

Police said Jayakumar had admitted that he had planned to send the boat to Sri Lanka with James. The Indian arrested is said to have helped the Sri Lankan Tamils buy the boat. ( Our Correspondent)


Published: Monday, December 10, 2007


Lanka seeks access to top LTTE agent in Indian custody

(By Shamindra Ferdinando)
@ The Island


Although India has overlooked previous requests for access to LTTE operatives in her custody on, what a senior official called, domestic political reasons, Sri Lanka is confident that a chance to question Jayakumar (34) alias Gowrishankar, a senior Sea Tiger in Indian custody wouldn't be denied.

Jayakumar, believed to be one of the highest ranking LTTE operatives arrested in India after the Norwegian-arranged CFA came into operation in February, 2002, is widely believed to be a central figure in the LTTE arms procurement ring. Under interrogation, he has revealed the financial support received from the UK based LTTE organisations in support of the operations in Sri Lanka.

A resident of Valvettiturai, Jayakumar is believed to have joined Sea Tigers in 1995 and has some close relatives living at Thanjavur.

India didn't allow SLN to question three LTTE operatives arrested along with two Indians on February 13, this year and six others, believed to be a special squad deployed for arms smuggling operations arrested by her Coast Guard on April 11. Although India signalled that it could arrange two Sri Lankan intelligence personnel to meet investigators who interrogated the suspects, it never materialised.

India also blew up the vessel seized in February, 27 nautical miles South West of point Calimere claiming that it carried about 2,000kgs of high explosives and posed a danger to Chennai port.

Eyebrows were raised when a section of the Indian officialdom claimed that the explosives laden boat was on a suicide mission on Kankesanturai port.

The Island learns that Sri Lanka has sought access to Jayakumar shortly after Indian Police revealed the arrest on Sunday.

Interrogation of the suspect taken at the parking lot of Chennai International Airport terminal on Saturday night revealed that he had received funds from a London based LTTE operative identified as Karuppiah to procure a large trawler. Investigators have recovered the boat at Mallipattinam in the coastal Thanjavur district. Jayakumar had entered India last March illegally.

An Indian identified as Ravikumar (42) and another LTTE operative James (46) alias Raja have been arrested along with Jayakumar.

The arrest was made as James was about to confirm his air ticket to return to Colombo. James, a resident of Mannar had travelled to India thrice this year on valid travel documents. Authoritative sources revealed that he had procured computer spare parts, swimming accessories (goggles and pads) and GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and had hidden them among a beedi consignment and smuggled it to the Vanni. The sources said that James had Indian Rs 478,290 to procure another trawler. The money has been confiscated. Chennai City Q Branch also recovered Sri Lankan Rs 4,140 and four cellular phones. He had last visited India in October.

An authoritative security official said that they haven't come across a case in which an LTTE operative had acknowledged receiving money from a supporter based in the UK in support of procurement. He expressed the belief that India would give Sri Lankan intelligence services an opportunity to interrogate Jayakumar who had direct access to a top level UK based contact.

At least a section of the officialdom believes that the Central Government is sincere in its attempts to curb LTTE activity, particularly in Tamil Nadu.

The SLN attributed the attempt to purchase Indian boats to a severe shortage of large craft available for smuggling of urgently needed arms, ammunition and equipment to the Vanni and also to avoid further trouble in Tamil Nadu by seizing Indian vessel as in the case of Sri Krishna and at least three other trawlers sunk by the SLN while being commandeered by the LTTE. The Maldivian Coast Guard rescued the Indian Captain of Sri Krishna commandeered by the LTTE while the SLN, too, rescued an Indian late last year.

The SLAF has successfully targeted LTTE boat building facilities in the Vanni over the past two years.


Courtesy: The Island


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