Karuna Amman warns arm groups in the East

Making it clear that Sri Lankan government will not tolerate any groups in the east carrying arms, former Prabhakaran aide and now a Union minister Karuna Amman asked them to disarm themselves.
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Updated on Jun 06, 2010 05:36 PM IST
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PTI | By, Colombo

Making it clear that Sri Lankan government will not tolerate any groups in the east carrying arms, former Prabhakaran aide and now a Union minister Karuna Amman asked them to disarm themselves.

"If any people carry legal or illegal weapons in that area, we cannot accept that situation. Because now only people are enjoying freedom after thirty years. They suffered a lot. Now they are starting to enjoy their lives," Amman said.

"Already we have disarmed all the eastern people. There are no armed cadres there now," the deputy minister for resettlement Vinayagamurthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman said of his Eastern bastion.

The old people of the group have joined with the major political parties and they are doing major politics, the 44-year old Amman told a Private channel in an interview.

In January, 2008, Amman was sentenced to nine months in imprisonment by the Isleworth Crown Court in West London for travelling on a forged passport to Britain.

Amman considered the one time number two in command in the LTTE after Vellupillai Prabhakaran, led a split in the militant group in March 2004 and collaborated with the government to fight the tigers in Eastern Sri Lanka.

He formed the Tamil Makkal Vituthalai Pulligal (TMVP), a party he subsequently left and joined President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Freedom Party and was appointed its vice president.

He quit TMVP following differences with his party colleague Pillayan, who became the Chief Minister of Eastern Province. On his differences with Pillayan, Amman said there were no major differences with him now.

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