Profile of Velupillai Prabhakaran
Velupillai Prabhakaran was born in November 26, 1954 at Velvettithurai, Sri Lanka. A school dropout and angred as a teenager by what he saw as discrimination against Tamils in politics, employment and education, he began attending political meetings and practising martial arts.world Updated: Apr 22, 2009 13:01 IST
He involved as a youth in protests against discrimination against Sri Lanka's Tamils. Subsequently he became the secretive, autocratic leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, an extremist guerrilla group that has fought for a Tamil state on Sri Lanka.
The Tamil Tigers carried out numerous attacks, including assassinations and suicide bombings engaged in forced conscription of Tamil youths, and tenaciously resisted government attempts to oust them from strongholds in N and E Sri Lanka.
As the movement gained momentum in 1975 Prabhakaran was accused of being responsible for the murder of the mayor of Jaffna.That assassination was one of the first killings carried out by the burgeoning Tamil nationalist movement. Members of LTTE starting calling him by various names, from 'guerrilla leader' to the 'President and the Prime Minister of LTTE'
The killing of the mayor of Jaffna was not the only high-profile murder for which Mr Prabhakaran is the prime suspect, after repeated questions of his involvement in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, he was charged with playing a key role in the murder of the former prime minister, in 1991.
Said to be inspired by the likes of Subhash Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh, and following the cause of 'Revolutionary socialism and the creation of an egalitarian society', his stated and ultimate ideal is to get Tamil Eelam recognised as a nation as per the U.N.
As the battle in Sri Lanka' north entered a do-or-die phase for the beleaguered LTTE, the outfit supremo ordered for bunkers to be constructed expeditiously around the 17 sq km rebel-held territory of Pudukudiyirippu. The 54-year-old rebel leader has not been spotted for nearly 18 months is still on the run.
Charges - Crimes against life and health, Terrorism, Murder, Organized crime and Terrorism conspiracy. He has been issued a death warrant by the Madras High Court in India in 1975 was accused of being responsible for the murder of the mayor of Jaffna, the assassination of Sri Lankan foreign minister Laksman Kadirgamar in 2005.
First Published: Apr 22, 2009 11:52 IST