Tamil Tiger rebels training in India: Sri Lanka PM

By AFP
Published: March 10, 2011
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Remnants of Sri Lanka's defeated Tamil rebels are undergoing military training in India in a bid to revive their separatist campaign at home, the island's prime minister said Thursday. PHOTO: REUTERS

Remnants of Sri Lanka's defeated Tamil rebels are undergoing military training in India in a bid to revive their separatist campaign at home, the island's prime minister said Thursday. PHOTO: REUTERS

COLOMBO: Remnants of Sri Lanka’s defeated Tamil rebels are undergoing military training in India in a bid to revive their separatist campaign at home, the island’s prime minister said Thursday.

D.M. Jayaratne said an unknown number of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters were based at secret camps in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

“We have intelligence reports of three clandestine training centres operated by the LTTE in Tamil Nadu,” the prime minister said in a statement on Thursday.

Jayaratne said the rebels, who were defeated by Sri Lankan government troops in May 2009, were hoping to relaunch their decades-long fight for an independent homeland.

“Their next target is to create small-scale attacks,” Jayaratne said. “The entire nation must be ready to face this threat.”

The Indian government immediately rejected the claims.

“We categorically deny existence of any LTTE camps in India,” foreign ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash said on Twitter. “We urge Sri Lanka to desist from reacting to speculative and uncorroborated reports.”

Sri Lanka has suffered no rebel attacks since the Tigers were wiped out, but Jayaratne told parliament on Wednesday that the country needed to maintain tough emergency laws to deal with their possible resurgence.

Colombo has resisted international calls to end the emergency laws, which are routinely approved by parliament.

The United Nations estimates that up to 100,000 people died in the ethnic conflict which lasted from 1972 until 2009.

The opposition accuses the government of using emergency laws to stifle political dissent and the media, charges denied by the authorities.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • S. Asghar
    Mar 10, 2011 - 9:19PM

    Those who wants to be a real regional power can only become one, when they will rise before their own set standards of interfering in all neighbors affairs.Recommend

  • Mar 10, 2011 - 11:01PM

    Well this is India for you readers.. They just can see their neighbors in peaceRecommend

  • John
    Mar 11, 2011 - 4:52AM

    Only in PAK readers believe anything that comes out of Sri Lanka Politics. Blame some one else for domestic problems were age old tactics since Roman times, and as always there are idiots who believe them to be true, even in this time when the world is in your finger tips.Recommend

  • Bolimaga Bevarsi
    Mar 11, 2011 - 7:13AM

    @Asghar, @Ilyas

    Heh heh… Look who is talkingRecommend

  • Ravi
    Mar 11, 2011 - 8:30AM

    @Ahmed Ilyas:
    And pakistanis probably like to see everybody in peace.
    Check out any previous terror attack and the strings lead back to pakistan.
    This article may be fake or propaganda but pakistan is a menace for the world.Recommend

  • rofl
    Mar 11, 2011 - 11:15AM

    Political stunt by Lankan ruling party. even opposition party & newspapers in lanka rejected the claim.Recommend

  • Ron (Indian)
    Mar 12, 2011 - 11:15AM

    This story is exclusively for Pak media so ignore it….Recommend

  • Ranjit
    Mar 12, 2011 - 12:23PM

    Dear Pakistani friend,read todays BBC News.Srilankan PM has retracted from his claim.He apologies for making false claim.Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Mar 12, 2011 - 6:29PM

    India has always been involved in promoting terrorism and destablising its neighbours. Tamils are originally Indian citizens. They are the one who created, trained and armed the LTTE. Their Headquarters as located in India. They are not happy with the defeat of Tamils by Sri Lanka.
    Sri Lanka should take to UNO.Recommend

  • Shafiq Papa
    Mar 13, 2011 - 3:23AM

    Hahahahahaha,,
    All these Hindu terrorist friends here are in the Denial Mode. Mogambo Khush Huwa.
    Gandhi’s and Rajiv Gandhi’s Hindu Terorist Killers did notcome from Jupiter. They were all Hindu terrorists. Check your own records my Dear terrorist visitors. even army’s active Colonel Plants Bombs in India Pakistan Train. Recommend

  • Pradeep
    Mar 13, 2011 - 3:40PM

    India learned its lesson way back n 90s for supporting LTTE when it backfired on Rajiv Gandhi.
    Pakistan is yet to learn it.Recommend

  • conery
    Mar 14, 2011 - 12:00PM

    @Shafiq Papa
    @Asmat Jama
    hahaaaaaaaaa,
    these kind of masalas r necessary for publicity in pakistan, expect atleast 1 or two dailyRecommend

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