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'DMK ideology influenced Rajiv killing'

delhi Updated: May 23, 2011 22:00 IST

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Former international arms procurer of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and V Prabhakaran's right hand man Kumaran Pathmanathan has said that founder and former leader of the Tamil Tigers, Prabhakaran, may have been driven by Tamil Nadu's political party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)'s ideology to assassinate former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

According to a report in CNN-IBN, quoting Kumaran Pathmanathan's interview with VK Shashikumar of THL-Mediagrove, Pathmanathan said that Prabhakaran was deeply influenced by the DMK policies and the party's anti-Brahmin outlook may have driven the Tamil Tiger supremo to kill Rajiv Gandhi.

Kumaran Pathmanathan also said that he wants to apologize for killing Rajiv Gandhi but added that if the LTTE had a chance they would have also killed AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa.

V Prabhakaran was killed by the Lankan army on May 18, 2009.