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JVP seeks arrest of KP

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A petition was filed today in a Sri Lankan Court of Appeals seeking the arrest of top LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan or KP, who is also wanted in India in connection with the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.        

The petition was filed by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). "We want him arrested for his activities. He has to answer many questions," JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath told media.   

KP, who took over the leadership of the LTTE following the death of Velupillai Prabakaran, was the chief international arms procurer for the group.         

The Malaysian intelligence at Sri Lanka's request arrested KP in 2011. Upon his return to the country, he was allowed to roam freely in the north of the country under security escort. Analysts believe that Rajapaksa wanted him to build what was described as a political base to replace Tamil political parties.   KP is wanted in India for his involvement in Gandhi's assassination in 1991. He was on an Interpol watch list for murder of former Indian Prime Minister.

The opposition in the run up to the January 8 presidential polls had accused the ousted President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government of harbouring him.   He was operating a children's home in Kilinochchi, the former LTTE stronghold, under an NGO which the opposition alleges was backed by the Rajapaksa government.         

Newly-elected Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's top aide and spokesman Rajitha Senaratne had recently said they were  trying to locate KP and investigating reports that he had fled the country. (PTI)

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