5 Yrs Since Eelam War, Lanka Guns Down LTTE Trio - The New Indian Express

5 Yrs Since Eelam War, Lanka Guns Down LTTE Trio

Published: 12th April 2014 07:41 AM

Last Updated: 12th April 2014 10:16 AM

In the first ever clash between Sri Lankan security forces and remnants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after the end of Eelam War IV in May 2009, Lankan troops on Friday killed three wanted LTTE operatives — Selvanayagam Kajeepan alias Gopi, Sundaralingam Kajeepan alias Theivihan and Navaratnam Navaneethan alias Appan — in a confrontation at Padaviya in Northeast Lanka.

Military spokesperson Brig Ruwan Wanigasooriya said the trio was killed when troops surrounded a house in which they were living. According to Wanigasooriya, Gopi was assigned the task of reviving armed militancy in Sri Lanka by his handlers — Europe-based Nediyavan and Vinayagam. Money was being sent through hawala transactions. Gopi escaped from a refugee camp at the end of the war and worked in the Middle East before returning to Sri Lanka with a brief to revive the armed struggle.

Dr Rohan Gunaratna, Head of the Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang University in Singapore, told Express that once in Sri Lanka, Gopi teamed up with Appan, Theivihan and other former cadre of the front along with some human rights activists with LTTE connections like Jayakumari Balendran.

When a Terrorist Investigation Department officer went to arrest him at Jayakumari’s house in Kilinochchi on March 13, Gopi shot him in the groin and escaped with Appan.

A search of the premises led to the discovery of a Minelab F3 mine detector. Gopi also knew the location of LTTE’s weapons and ammunition dumps in the Northern Province.

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