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Sea Tigers procurement agent arresred in Chennai

According to police sources, Thambi Anna was a close associate of Soosai, the head of 'Sea Tigers' , the LTTE's naval arm and a top ranking guerrilla leader. "Thambi Anna was appointed chief of a procurement module in 2006 by Soosai. He has been coordinating all major smuggling operations between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka since then," a senior police official said.

1 Aug 2008, Copyright © Times of India
By K Praveen Kumar,TNN


CHENNAI: Thambi Anna alias Thambi Ilamkathir alias Daniel (46), a key Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) procurement agent who was picked up in Chennai by the Q Branch police on Wednesday, had come to recruit more suppliers for his network, police said on Thursday.

According to police sources, Thambi Anna was a close associate of Soosai, the head of 'Sea Tigers' , the LTTE's naval arm and a top ranking guerrilla leader. "Thambi Anna was appointed chief of a procurement module in 2006 by Soosai. He has been coordinating all major smuggling operations between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka since then," a senior police official said.

Significantly, Thambi had so far managed to run the show for the LTTE without ever visiting Tamil Nadu. He was arrested on what is believed to be his first visit to the state. He made the trip he was desperate to keep the supply lines alive in the wake of a crackdown by the state police and interdiction at sea by the island's navy, the official said.

"We are intercepting their consignments almost every day. This has significantly reduced the LTTE's supplies. As they can't afford to let this situation continue, there may have been pressure on him to boost the supply mechanism ," another official said.

"In a sign of their desperation , a group of suspected LTTE men intercepted by the police even asked the cops to shoot them, but to allow the consignment to go. That shows how desperate they are to get things across the sea," the official said.

"We consider the arrest of Thambi a big achievement. He has been coordinating the procurement of materials from Tamil Nadu," directorgeneral of Police K P Jain said. Thambi had come to Rameswaram in a Sri Lankan boat on July 1. He then went to Tiruvarur and proceeded to Chennai, where he wanted to set up a network for procurement of many items.

He had met many people and used a local SIM card.

He also wanted to shift the smuggling base to coastal towns like Adhirampattinam, Mallipattinam, Devipattinam and Kottaipattinam in Thanjavur and Pudukkottai districts , the official said.

The Q Branch of Tamil Nadu police see his involvement in more than 30 cases in the state. He and his men had smuggled everything from explosive materials to chemicals.

Dozens of incidents in the last one year have shown that the LTTE was falling back on the state for its supplies after suffering a series of defeats in sea battles against the Lankan navy.

The Tigers lost many logistic vessels used in the transportation of arms and supplies. The recent loss of Vidattaltivu, a major Sea Tiger base in Mannar on the western coast of Sri Lanka, had further added to their woes.

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