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Interpol notices for two LTTE leaders

Documents recovered from a former LTTE base in the jungles of Northern Sri Lanka have revealed important information about its intricate international network.

world Updated: Jul 20, 2010 00:26 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

Documents recovered from a former LTTE base in the jungles of Northern Sri Lanka have revealed important information about its intricate international network.

The base was used by a senior Tiger leader, Veerakathy Manivannam also known as Castro, who was one of the outfit’s major international linkmen.

Following the recovery, the Sri Lankan government sought help from the Interpol and international police forces to arrest two persons including one currently residing in the US, newspaper reports in Colombo have said.

``Interpol has already issued two red notices…based on secret documents recovered from LTTE’s international link Castro…,’’ the government-run Sunday Observer reported.

One of the two suspects is said to be the US-based 60-year-old Ponnaiah Ananda Rajah. Originally said to be from Jaffna, he was known to be involved with the LTTE’s arms procurement and shipping activities since 2003, reports said.

The other person under Interpol probe was identified as Atchchuthan Sivarajah.

``He is said to have obtained pilot training from an aviation school in France. Later he had obtained French citizenship, married and is currently said to be living with his two children in a West Asian country,’’ the Ada Derana website said.

Sivarajah was allegedly involved in procuring planes and aircraft parts for the LTTE

Between April 2007 and February 2009, the LTTE – the only extremist outfit to do so -- carried out several air attacks on Colombo and installations belonging to the armed forces across the country. They operated light aircraft which were reassembled after being smuggled into Sri Lanka, most probably by the sea route.

Colombo is also pursuing several governments to dismantle three broad groups that are now assumed to be controlling the remaining pro-LTTE international factions: the US group is said to be headed by V. Rudrakumaran, the UK group by Aruththanthai Emmanuel of the World Tamil Forum (WTF) and the Norway group by Nediyavan.

At least eight persons in the Netherlands and five in Germany were arrested recently by the respective government agencies on suspicion of having links with the LTTE.