20 July, 2024


India Dismisses Sri Lankan Newspapers Claim On LTTE Training Camps In Tamil Nadu – THE HINDU


A day before the Sri Lankan Parliament is to discuss the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution asking it, among other things, to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, an English newspaper reported that 150 terrorists, trained in India, have landed in Sri Lankan shores in the grab of fishermen to destabilise the country.

“State intelligence services have received information that around 150 terrorists who underwent a special arms training at three secret camps in Tamil Nadu, have returned to Sri Lanka and are hiding in the North and the East to carryout a destabilisation campaign,” The Island newspaper reported on Monday, quoting Sri Lankan state intelligence. “Their target was to sabotage and disrupt the on-going reconciliation process by creating in those areas, police sources said. Their activities came to light when three LTTE cadres taken into custody after an Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) member was hacked to death in Trincomalee were interrogated,” the newspaper added.

The suspects had confessed that they had fled to India after LTTE’s defeat, and “followed military courses in secret locations in Tamil Nadu before returning to Sri Lanka, disguised as fishermen to conduct clandestine operations…The intelligence services suspect that they may have been behind several killings reported from the North and the East.”

Indian High Commission denial

In a statement issued a shortwhile ago, the Indian High Commission in Colombo dismissed suggestions that there were LTTE-training camps in Tamil Nadu. “The suggestion contained in the news item regarding the training of terrorists at three secret camps in Tamil Nadu, India is entirely erroneous and baseless. Relevant agencies of the two countries have ongoing cooperation and no such information has been brought to the notice of the Government of India,” a release from the High Commission said.

The LTTE training camp in Kulathur, Salem district, India, where the 16th batch was trained in 1985/6. The photographs were taken by Wasanthan, an Indian national employed by the press section of the LTTE.

Another newspaper, The Daily Mirror, said on Monday that “investigations are underway to ascertain if the three suspects arrested in connection with the recent killing of an EPDP member in Kuchchaveli, were former LTTE members.”

Earlier this year, it was The Island that claimed that Sri Lankan President did not discuss the implementation of the 13th Amendment plus with Indian Foreign Minister S.M.Krishna, when the two met in Colombo in January this year. At an interaction with the country’s editors at Temple Trees on January 30, 2012, Mr. Rajapaksa “denied that he ever told India [this],” the newspaper reported on January 31.

The fishermen angle

The Island story claiming that the ‘terrorists’ had sneaked into the country disguised as fishermen is ominous for Tamil Nadu fishermen, who routinely crossover the International Maritime Boundary Line for fishing.

The Island’s India-heavy stories on page 1 on Monday, is a reflection of the official mood in Sri Lanka. The lead is titled ‘UN demands repeal of India Armed Forces Act’ and details last week’s story on what the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions told the press in New Delhi. Another story, on the top of the page, is about the ownership of the land of the Trincomalee oil farm. The Farm was part-leased out to the Lanka Indian Oil Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Indian Oil Corporation.

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    Future of Indo -Lanka relations is in trouble.

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    Prabakaran and the LTTE was gone 3 years ago. The Geneva matter and the “international conspiracy against the Rajapakse Brothers” is over. Some issue must be “discovered” now quicklt to distract the people’s attention from the real problem – the uncontrollable inflation and the out-of-control Economy. So “the 2nd coming of India with the Indian govt’s training and help” is a “guli” the usually-gullible and unthinking Sri Lankan in the South will swallow. The regime will build on this and take Indo-Lankan friendly relations to unprecedented levels of tension – inspired major communal incidents nothwithstanding.
    It is no secret Tamils in the South live in fear and uncertainty since
    March 22.

    The question is will Mahinda Rajapakse complete the process of division
    SWRD started in 1956? It is not entirely wrong, after all, there is much truth in that old cliche “a people get a Govt they deserve”


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    Correction – “the 2nd coming of the LTTE” and not India. Sorry


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