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Mahathaya’s wife and children surrender

The widow and three children of Mahathaya, a one-time deputy leader of the LTTE reached the government-held areas yesterday.

Mahathaya (real name was Gopalasmy Mahendrarajah) was imprisoned by the LTTE chief Prabhakaran and later executed as he was accused of having links to the Regional Analysis Wing (RAW) of India. This charge was never proved.

Mahattaya’s family told the security forces they had left the LTTE after her husband’s death. However the LTTE had been paying some money to them every month by way of compensation, they said.

Mahathaya, born in 1956, became the first president of the People’s Front of Liberation Tigers (PFLT) which the LTTE formed in the late 1980s. He joined the LTTE in 1978 and was very popular with the Tiger cadres and among the ordinary civilians.

Mahathaya along with LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham were the two key men in the LTTE delegation that held peace talks with President Premadasa.

According to the book "Will to Freedom" written by Anton Balasingham’s Australian-born wife Adele, the LTTE killed 257 people along with Mahathaya on 28th December 1994 on various allegations.

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