The "mild-mannered" Veerasamy Thiruvengadam Velupillai, the father of the slain LTTE supremo Prabhakaran, never endorsed the militant ways of his son and was not even on talking terms with him for a long period, a media report said today.
"The LTTE leader's father was a duty conscientious mild-mannered gentleman well respected and well-liked. People of Valvettithurai (where Prabhakaran hailed from) used to say that even the grass wouldn't get crushed when Velupillai treads on it," the Daily Mirror reported.
"In fact the father disapproved of the son's path and was not on speaking terms with Prabhakaran for years and years," the newspaper said.
Prabhakaran's family, which hailed from the coastal town of Valvettithurai (in Jaffna District) referred to generally as VVT, was of respected lineage in that area.
His ancestors had constructed the famous Sivan temple of VVT.
His father should have been the chief trustee but declined to be so as he was in government service, said the article in the newspaper published yesterday.
The LTTE Supremo's parents -- Velupillai (76) and Parvathi (71) -- who are living in a newly set up welfare camp in Vavuniya with the relatives of other LTTE leaders, were found inside a IDP camp by the Security Forces.
They are in good health with no sign of injury being caused at any time.