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The return of Tamil ‘supremacists’

  • Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 04, 2014 00:00 IST

In addition to a spurt in the activities of Islamic terrorists, Tamil supremacists are also trying to make a comeback in Tamil Nadu after a hiatus of many years.

A probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has revealed that operatives from banned Tamil supremacist outfit Tamil Nadu Liberation Army (TNLA) had allegedly planted a pipe bomb under the car of union minister V Narayansamy in Puducherry in January this year.

TNLA had been banned by the centre in 2002 as it was found be involved in terror activities.

“The NIA is going to charge sheet some of the operatives of TNLA for planting a bomb near Narayanswamy’s car very soon,” said a counter-terror official requesting anonymity.

“Islamic terror groups are prime suspects in Thursday’s twin blasts in the Bangalore-Guwahati express. We have received more than 10 Tamil Nadu-specific intelligence inputs about terror plans of Pakistan-based outfits like Lashkar in the last six months,” said the official.

After the Puducherry incident, the TNLA operatives also allegedly tried to target a supermarket in Madurai and finance minister P Chidambaram’s house in Shivganga.

TNLA once worked closely with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) before its network was decimated in the state after the assassination former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in May, 1991.

In its present avatar, the outfit works against what it sees as the anti-people policies of the government. It is against the entry of FDI in the retail sector and also opposes the Kudankulam nuclear power project in Tirunelveli district of the state.

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