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* Sri Lanka investigates associates of killed LTTE operatives
Wed, Apr 16, 2014, 11:19 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka security forces have commenced investigations on the people who had close links with the three LTTE operatives killed earlier this month during a confrontation with the Sri Lankan army.

The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) of Sri Lanka police has launched an investigation on the people who had links with former LTTE leaders Selvanayagam Kajeepan, alias Gopi, Sundaralingam Kajeepan alias Thevihan and Navarathnam Navaneethan alias Appan.

The three LTTE operatives were killed during a shootout between the army soldiers and the suspects when the soldiers surrounded the suspects' hideout in Nedunkarani in the North during a search operation to arrest them.

Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that a special squad of officers had been deployed for the investigations.

The sleuths are focusing on the telephone conversations carried out by Gopi and his assistants during the past several months. According to a police source, investigations have revealed that Gopi and Appan had clandestine telephone conversations with a Tamil politician in the North.

Local media reports speculated that the politicians believed to have had links with Gobi may face arrest based on the findings of the TID investigations.

Reportedly a special police team at Kayts, Jaffna during the weekend has arrested another reactivated LTTE activist of the administration and welfare division of the LTTE. The operative has received funds amounting to approximately Rs. 6 million from Malaysia via the undiyal system, an illegal money transfer system, to resurrect the intelligence division of the defunct organization.

The suspect had been handed over to the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) last weekend for further investigations.

Meanwhile the police spokesman said that 19 of the 65 suspects arrested last week during investigations into alleged attempts by the LTTE to regroup in the north have been released. Among the released were the mothers of Gopi, and Appan.

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