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Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI is trying to revive the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Tamil Nadu. This information has been revealed in a report by The Island Online. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) earlier this week arrested nine people in an illegal drugs and arms case related to the revival of the LTTE.
In a note, the NIA said the case pertains to the activities of the Sri Lankan drug mafia, controlled by Gunasekharan and Pushparajah in association with Pakistan-based drugs and arms supplier Haji Saleem. Nine Sri Lankans were arrested from a special camp for Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu for their alleged involvement in illegal drugs and arms trade, the NIA said. Those arrested include C Gunasekharan alias Guna and Pushparajah alias Pookutty Kanna. A spokesman for the federal counter-terrorism agency said they were working closely with Haji Salim, a drug and arms supplier based in Pakistan.
The arrests were made in connection with a suo motu case registered by the agency on July 8 following which raids were conducted at the premises of the accused and suspects in Chennai, Tiruppur, Chengalpattu and Tiruchirappalli districts in the state. Besides Gunasekharan and Pushparajah, the others arrested were Mohd Asmin, Alhaperumaga Sunil Gamini Fonsia Kottaghamini alias Sunil Gamini alias Neelakandan, Stanley Kennedy Fernando, Ladiya Chandrasena, Dhanuka Roshan, Vella Suranka alias Gamage Suranga Pradeep alias Surang, among others arrested, an agency spokesperson said. and Thilipan alias Dilepan.
According to a report in The Island Online, this module is operating in India and Sri Lanka and is smuggling drugs and arms in an attempt to raise funds to revive the LTTE. Promoting terrorism in South India by Pakistan is not a new thing. In 2014, the NIA unearthed a module that was being controlled by the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo. The High Commission was overseeing some operatives in Tamil Nadu who were conducting reconnaissance of several targets they planned to attack.
As per reports, after that module has been rooted out, the ISI is now trying to revive the LTTE movement in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka to derail security in the southern part of the country. An Intelligence Bureau official told the media in February that efforts were being made to revive the LTTE movement by linking it to Tamil nationalism. The NIA had arrested former operatives of the organization and during investigation it was found that these were linked to some persons in Europe. It was learned that these operatives based in Europe were trying to siphon off money and use it to revive the LTTE.
According to a report in The Island Online, it was learned that these individuals based out of Denmark and Switzerland were trying to siphon off money to finance the activities of the defunct LTTE. Further it is also learned that through these elements ISI was targeting people in rural area to revive LTTE using Tamil nationalism.
He was also in touch with some NGOs who were found conducting webinars and seminars to convince people that the rise of LTTE is directly linked to Tamil nationalism. The matter came to light after Sri Lankan national Lechumanan Mary Francisca (50) was arrested from Chennai airport. During investigation, it was revealed that the accused had withdrawn the money from the Mumbai Fort branch of the Indian Overseas Bank. As The Island Online reported, it became clear that the money was to be spent on the revival of the LTTE.