LTTE activists arrested in Jaffna

By ShamIndra FerdInando

Security authorities, investigating an alleged plot to revive the LTTE in the Jaffna peninsula, have arrested three suspects, including the person who had hoisted an LTTE flag on a communication tower at Valvettiturai on Nov. 19, on the eve of Heroes’ Week celebrations.

A senior security official told The Island that the arrested group had been in touch with a section of the pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora pushing for an international war crimes inquiry. The official said that the LTTE rump was stepping up propaganda to entice the Jaffna youth.

Asked whether the detained group had been successful in its efforts, the official said that those who had suffered during the conflict wouldn’t get involved in a fresh destabilization bid. He described the hoisting of an LTTE flag as an isolated incident and a desperate attempt by the LTTE rump to make its presence felt. The military identified the man who had hoisted the Tiger flag as an LTTE cadre who had undergone rehabilitation at the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009.

A senior investigator said that several persons allegedly recruited by those in custody were believed to be now overseas. According to him their whereabouts had been established and authorities were conducting further investigations.

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