The Sri Lankan army has stumbled upon video footage and pictures of Tamil Nadu politician Vaiko and former Indian defence minister George Fernandes in the company of the Tami Tiger leaders while combing the bases abandoned by the rebels. Caught on camera...
Late Sunday, the Lankan troops found a heap of videotapes and photographs as they searched the bases the LTTE has fled in the north-eastern district of Mullaitivu. They also found electronic equipment the rebels were collecting for a Tamil television channel. <b1>
In the heap of video-cassettes was the footage of MDMK leader Vaiko and another Tamil Nadu politician P. Nedumaran in the company of LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran.
Vaiko is seen in LTTE fatigues, playfully brandishing a pistol, and even lecturing youth. Both Vaiko and Nedumaran are known to have made secret visits to Lanka in the 1980s to meet Prabhakaran.
“Vaiko had been photographed... delivering brain-washing lectures to the LTTE terrorists, and having discussions with Prabhakaran,’’ the defence ministry said. There were a number of photographs “showing some south Indian politicians championing tribalism, actively participating in terrorist activities in Wanni (area once controlled by the LTTE)”, it said.
“Vaiko spent about a month in the LTTE zone in 1989, when Indian troops were battling the Tigers in Lanka’s northeast,” news agency IANS said. Nedumaran, too, spent a month in the island nation in 1985.
While the photos and videos are clear, it is difficult to ascertain when they were shot and where — in India or in Lanka. Prabhakaran looks quite young in the photographs, much different from his current plump and pudgy frame.