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Army thwarts LTTE ‘Second Generation Force’

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Sri Lanka Army Intelligence Division has thwarted an attempt made by the international Tamil Tiger sympathizers and cadres to train Sri Lankan youth in South India to form a skeletal terrorist force they called “Second Generation Force”.The arrests were made possible after the Armed Forces Commander of the North, Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe informed Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa about the moves being made overseas by Tiger cadres and sympathizers to lure the youth of the North and East to restart the defeated LTTE.

Following the LTTE’s hoisting its flag recently at Velvettiturai, the hometown of the slain Tiger leader Prahakaran, the SL army arrested LTTE cadre Shivasambu Prashanthan. When questioned he had given details about the moves made to lure the youth to Chennai, India for training as terrorists. Selection of to-be-cadres was made by contacting them via Facebook and Twitter social internet sites. Senior LTTE cadres in Malaysia had sent funds for the airfare and other expenses for selected person.

With a joint operation conducted by intelligence divisions of India’s and SL armed forces were able to arrest a number of suspects who had undergone training in terrorist activities in India and returned to Sri Lanka.Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told The Nation that the authorities would not allow the LTTE or any other terrorist organization to start any terrorist activities on Sri Lankan soil after the defeat of LTTE terrorists. “Security of the nation is our primary concern and even if the present matter is at the initial stage we will nip it in the bud,” he said.

Major Gen. Hathurusinghe said that a vast majority of the former LTTE cadres had been rehabilitated. “They know that our armed forces cannot be defeated. Therefore, they will not make the same mistake again. This was why the overseas Tiger leaders decided to lure naïve youth to get trained for terrorist activities. Our intelligence gathered information of these moves and were able to arrest the youth trained in India and returned,” he said. Meanwhile Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday scoffed at the claims by government that LTTE remnants were regrouping in Sri Lanka.

TNA Jaffna District Parliamentarian, Suresh Premachandran told The Nation the reports were fabricated by the government to instill fear and mistrust between the two communities. “They are totally false,” he said. He also pointed out that in any way no one in the Jaffna University has links with the LTTE.“The government wants the Sinhala people to believe that the TNA maintains the LTTE stance and the students of the Jaffna University involve in terrorist activities. The assumption is totally false,” he said.  He alleged that the government would only trigger animosity between the two communities by carrying out such allegation. (WN)

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