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* LTTE regrouping to attack Indian political leaders, Intel report reveals
Wed, Dec 15, 2010, 09:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 15, New Delhi: Remnants of Sri Lanka's vanquished terrorist outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are trying to regroup in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and launch attacks on Indian political leaders, Press Trust of India reported.

According to the PTI report, an intelligence input has revealed that the LTTE, still active overseas, is trying to regroup and planning to launch spectacular strikes on high-profile targets like Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.

Information received from some LTTE cadres, who had escaped the Sri Lankan military offensive that brought an end to the LTTE in Sri Lanka, the Intel report has discovered that the LTTE were planning attacks on top Indian political leaders, particularly when they travel in Tamil Nadu.

"Though LTTE is now a weak force and all top leaders were killed during the Sri Lankan Army's assault, attempts to regroup by some cadres is a disturbing report," an official has told PTI.

Indian security agencies have taken the findings seriously, the report said, adding that the Prime Minister Singh is likely to visit Tamil Nadu next month to attend some public functions.

India is apprehensive of the resurgence of LTTE, which is banned in the country following the suicide attack on the former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in 1991 by a female LTTE suicide bomber.

Former LTTE leader turned Sri Lankan Minister, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan aka colonel Karuna recently said that assassinating former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was a mistake and it turned India against the LTTE.

India declared the LTTE an unlawful association in 1992, a year after Gandhi's assassination and since then has extended the ban every two years.

The Union Home Ministry extended the ban in May 2010 saying that despite its decimation in Sri Lanka, LTTE was re-grouping in Tamil Nadu and its cadres remaining in India, especially in the southern Tamil Nadu state, could use the state as a rear base to resurface.



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