The Chennnai police are probing LTTE links into
an arms shipment from Tamil Nadu. The investigators believe that
the LTTE had connections with the internally based terrorist
groups in India. Shortly before the investigations, former Tamil
Nadu Chief minister, Jayalalitha Jayaram stated that LTTE was
the most feared terrorist organization and Tamil Nadu would not
intervene to stop any action to neutralize the outfit, ‘The
Full text of "The Hindu" report:
"A team of police from Nellore is in Ambattur,
Chennai, to investigate the possible connection of the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) with the weaponry seized
in Mahbubnagar and Prakasam districts while being transported to
the Maoists on Friday.
This follows revelation on the records seized
from the cargo mover, Kranti Transport Company, at Giddalur in
Prakasam district that the consignment, consisting of gunny bags
carrying rocket launchers and shells, was shipped from the
Ambattur industrial estate.
The Nellore police are, however, being cautious
while probing the possible LTTE link but they strongly suspect
Maoists have been receiving arms from Tamil Nadu during the past
few months. "We have sent a team to Ambattur to probe the whole
matter in detail," Superintendent of Police (SP) N.
Suryanararayana told The Hindu on Saturday. Meanwhile, the
police are believed to have taken into custody one K. Rami
Reddy, who has allegedly sent the consignment of weapons in the
name of a former naxalite M. Srinivasula Reddy.
Given its good road and rail connectivity and
proximity to Chennai, Nellore has become a transit point for
arms supply, the police suspect.
Lashkar-e-Toiba activists Abdul Rehman and Afsar
Pasha, who were arrested for the attack on the Indian Institute
of Science (IISc), Bangalore, revealed during the Narco Analysis
test on Thursday that they had received AK-56 from Nellore.
Nellore district was insulated from Maoist
violence and police-naxalite encounters for several years when
neighbouring districts were rocked by extremist violence. But,
this perception received a major blow following the revelation
that the weapons seized at Giddalur were despatched from
Vedayapalem of Nellore.
According to a Mahabubnagar report, a special
police party from the district headquarters left for Chennai to
further investigate the case pertaining to the recovery of a
large number of rocket launchers, shells and other spares.
Initial investigation revealed that the rocket launchers and
spares were procured from Tamil Nadu and transported to various
destinations in Andhra Pradesh.
On 27th June, 2006, Anton Balasingham admitted
its (LTTE) responsibility on the assassination of former Indian
Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, on May 21, 1991 by an LTTE suicide
bomber. It took LTTE terrorists 15 years to accept the
responsibility of killing Rajiv Gandhi, which they quoted as a
monumental historical tragedy.