Asserting that the LTTE has been "totally destroyed", Sri Lanka has said that Tamil Tigers or other terrorist outfits will not be allowed to take roots in the country again.
Disclosing that more than 5,000 LTTE cadres had surrendered before the Government, Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa made it clear that criminal elements among the surrendered Tiger cadres would be brought to book while others will be rehabilitated.
"More than five thousand LTTE cadres have surrendered to the security forces and criminals out of them will be dealt with the prevailing law and the rest will be rehabilitated," he said.
"LTTE has been totally destroyed by the security forces and there is no way the LTTE can get revived in the country," Rajapaksa said.
He said several human rights organisations employed in Sri Lanka in the recent past were keen on saving the LTTE leaders and not the displaced civilians.
"Hence the government identified their real objectives and acted accordingly," he told a Sinhala language TV channel 'Derana'.
Rajapaksa said that the government will never "disturb media freedom" in Sri Lanka.