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Prabhakaran's mother free to go to India to settle: Rajapaksa

world Updated: Jan 12, 2010 13:57 IST

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday said slain LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's mother and mother-in-law were free to go to India to settle, if they wanted.

"They (Prabhakaran's mother and mother-in-law) can go to India if India agrees," Rajapaksa told foreign journalists here in reply to question.

Though Prabhakaran's mother Parvathi Pillai and his mother-in-law Erambu have not publicly expressed any plans about their future, MDMK leader Vaiko and the former Tiger chief's cousin Rajendran have asked the Sri Lankan government to send the his aged mother Parvathi to Tamil Nadu.

The two women are now left without any menfolk in their household with the passing away of Prabhakaran's father Velupillai recently. His elder son Charles Anthony was killed days before his father in fighting in northern Sri lanka.

Seven months after Prabhakaran died when the last remnants of his outfit Tamil Tigers were defeated at Nanthaikadal lagoon off the northern coast, mystery still shrouds the whereabouts of his wife and younger son.

Rajapaksa said respect was shown to the mortal remains of Prabhakaran's father Velupillai and it was well embalmed and a few vehicles were also allotted for the cremation ceremony.

The President said he was told over 300 people attended the funeral of the LTTE leader's father. Parvathi and Erambu were also present during the cremation in Jaffna earlier this week.