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'Prabhakaran never came to the battlefield'

Insisting that LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran was a “creation” of his supporters, a former Tiger commander and now a pro-government MP has claimed the rebel leader never came to the battlefield to fight.

world Updated: Mar 01, 2009 19:41 IST
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Insisting that LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran was a “creation” of his supporters, a former Tiger commander and now a pro-government MP has claimed the rebel leader never came to the battlefield to fight.

Insisting that Tamils in the Island nation do not want a separate state but equal rights, Karuna Amman alias V Muralitharan said Prabhakaran did not do anything for Tamils.

“Prabhakaran is a creation. Some of the leaders including myself had created Prabhakaran. When we were winning the battle Prabhakaran become more popular. He never came to the battlefront or to meet the people,” Karuna told the state run Sunday Observer.

Karuna alias Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan split from Prabhakaran towards the end of 2004 and formed the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) party that now heads the coalition government in Eastern Province.

“I motivated the cadres as well as the people. I have already told the people in the East I need their support to destroy Prabhakaran. We should do that because he did not do anything for the Tamils in the country,” he said.

In reply to a query on whether the Tamils in Sri Lanka desired a separate nation, Karuna said :“it is equal rights that Tamils need to enjoy. Tamils do not want separate country or political rights but need the benefits that Colombo people enjoy. They need development, peaceful life, education and entertainment”.