Govt. pooh-poohs attempt to blame Paris killing on SL agent

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Highly placed government sources yesterday alleged that an attempt was being made by the LTTE to involve Sri Lankan agents in the assassination of Nadarasa Mahenthiran aka Paridi (49) opposite the office of the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC) in Paris on the night of Nov 8.

A top government official The Island last night that in the immediate aftermath of the killing, LTTE operatives had begun working closely with a section of the French media to blame Sri Lanka for the killing. Responding to a query, the official said that the Sri Lankan mission in Paris had been in touch with French authorities in the wake of a section of the French media accusing an unidentified Sri Lankan agent of carrying out the killing.

Leader of the TCC in France was assassinated by an unidentified person in front of TCC Office around at 9.30 p.m. Paris based sources said that Paridi had been seated inside a bus stand at 341, Rue des Pyerenees, Paris when he was targeted by the assassin riding a motorcycle. At the time of the shooting there had been six other TCC members, sources said.

An attempt was made on Paridi’s life on Oct. 30, 2011. Paridi moved to France in the early 90s along with his family.

Asked whether the Sri Lankan government was in touch with French authorities over the killing, government officials said that the External Affairs Ministry and security authorities were ready to assist French authorities in inquiring into the assassination. They pointed out that there had been numerous killings involving LTTE operatives as well other groups abroad since 1980s.

Paridi’s leader Nediyawan is based in Norway. Nediyawan, too, was under investigation by various international law enforcement agencies as regards LTTE activities.

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