LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran alive, to make public appearance soon: Tamil politician

Velupillai Prabhakaran. [File Photo]

Chennai: Tamil Nationalist Movement leader Pazha Nedumaran on Monday claimed that leader of outlawed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Velupillai Prabhakaran was “healthy and fine” and will soon “announce a plan for the liberation of the Tamil race.”

Prabakaran was declared killed by the Sri Lankan government troops on May 18, 2009 in Mullaivaikkal in the northern Mullaithivu district of the island country.

Addressing a press conference in Thanjavur, Nedumaran said that the changing global situation and Sri Lanka’s political crisis including the removal of the Rajapaksa government, breathed a new lease of life to the LTTE Chief encouraging him to step outside, news agency ANI reported.

Nedumaran, who is the Tamil President of World Tamil Federation Pazha Nedumaran said it was time to lay to rest “rumours” about the death of the ‘Thamizh Desiya Thalaivar'(Tamil Nationalist leader) Prabhakharan.

“Let me inform you that he (Prabhakaran) is soon going to announce a plan for the liberation of the Tamil race. All the Tamil people of the world should support him together,” ANI quoted Nedumaran as saying.

“I would like to reveal some truths about LTTE Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran. I am happy to reveal a truth which would dispel doubts about Prabhakaran. We will like to tell all the Tamil people that LTTE Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran is healthy and fine,” Nedumaran said.

Tamil Eelam is a proposed independent state that many Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora aspire to create in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

Pointing out that China is expanding its influence in Sri Lanka through investment schemes and projecting India as an enemy of Sri Lanka, he exhorted the Indian government to initiate necessary steps to prevent China from firming up its presence in the island nation.

Nedumaran recalled when the LTTE was strong, they never allowed any country which was opposed to India to set foot in Sri Lanka.

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