Sept 01, Colombo: Two suspected members of the banned Sri Lankan terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) arrested by the Indian police were reportedly making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to trigger explosions in Sri Lanka, an Indian media report said Sunday.
The 'Q' Branch of Indian police arrested the two LTTE suspects, Sivaneshwaran alias Nesan (34) and Gopi alias Manoharan (37) from an apartment at Mogappair in Chennai on Friday.
The Express News Service of India reported that the two suspects were under police surveillance for about eight months now.
Sivaneshwaran was formerly an important functionary in the political recruitment wing of the LTTE while Gopi had completed his training and was a member of the outfit's cadre, the police said.
Indian police suspect that the duo has links with Eelam sympathizers based in France and had been receiving funds from them.
The two suspects had told the police that although they were initially not planning to plant bombs in Sri Lanka, but after seeing that Sinhalese are being settled in Tamil areas, they decided to plant bombs to discourage the Sri Lankans from settling in Tamil areas.
The two had also been actively lobbying among political leaders in the State for the cause of Lankan Tamils, Q-branch sources have said.
According to Indian police sources both suspects have come from Jaffna with valid travel documents after the end of the war. Nesan had arrived in September 2009 and Gopi had arrived in July 2011.
Police had not seized any explosive material during Friday's arrest. The suspects have been produced in a court at Tambaram and remanded in judicial custody in Puzhal prison.
The Police had said that one more person believed to have been trained in bomb-making by this group is still at large and it is not clear whether he has left the country.
In December 2012, a team of 'Q' branch sleuths in a raid have arrested four Tamil refugees who were suspected of terrorist activities. One of them, an ex-LTTE operative named Suresh Kumar (34), according to the police, has trained the other three in making IEDs and electronic circuits for a variety of bombs and sent them to Sri Lanka with bomb-making materials.