Praba’s house owner surfaces

5 May 2010 02:51 pm - 30     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Indika Sri Aravinda in Kilinochchi

The owner of the house in which LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran was living in just before his death, has surfaced at a camp for the Internally Displaced People (IDP) located in Vavuniya and is claiming ownership for the house and property, military officials said.

Speaking to a group of journalists in Killinochchi today the military said that the owner of Prabakaran’s house located at Dharmapuram, Vishwamadu in Killinochchi claims that the house was taken away from him by force by the LTTE eight years ago.

The house is located on a one acre land in a once LTTE high security zone where the military had subsequently discovered an underground bunker as well as 60 LTTE camps surrounding the house as part of the security for the Tiger leader.

According to the Military, the LTTE leader’s personal security officer who is now under Military detention had confirmed that the man claiming ownership for Prabakaran’s house is the previous owner but disputed claims that it was taken by force.

The security officer has insisted that the LTTE leader had paid cash for the house to the owner at the time it was taken and not by force. AS a result of the contradictory claims and was it is an offence to sell property to a terrorist outfit the army says it has decided to continue occupying the house.

However the military added that the surrounding camps which were once civilian homes will be returned to the rightful owners. (Daily Mirror online)

Prabakaran's former home.........Pic by Pradeep K. Pathirana

Pic by Pradeep K. Pathirana

  Comments - 30

  • Wednesday, 05 May 2010 03:51 PM

    Let him claim the damages from the LTTE transitional government in Canada. They will give him a sympathetic hearing.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 03:52 PM

    The security office must prove that money was paid, if not it would been taken by force, we all know the LTTE style

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 03:52 PM

    "AS a result of the contradictory claims and as it is an offence to sell property to a terrorist outfit the army says it has decided to continue occupying the house"

    Isn't this a matter to decide by a court of law and not any army personnel?

    After all we are not the ruthless terrorist organization. Sri Lanka is a Legitimate Government and law should not be taken into our own hands

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 06:12 AM

    Lets not talk about whether it is a crime to have sold the property to the LTTE. Any fool can gather what would have happened if the poor soul had refused to sell. If it is a crime to have had a transaction with the LTTE, then there a lot of top politicians in both the govt. and opposition who should be in gaol.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 04:41 PM

    It is again the trick of corrupt govt and forces to keep another property of innocent tamils. How many properties are converted to army camps and still so called high security zone even after LTTE is long gone. Army is making an excuse to say the property was sold to a terrorist group, so that they can own it, Why cant they simply return it to the rightful owner, everyone knows if LTTE wanted the place, the owner has no choice rather giving

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 06:53 AM

    well said Pearl, SInhalese Government can fool the sinhalese but not the tamils

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 06:54 AM

    Even if LTTE paid for the land. Do you think LTTE paid much to the owner? it could be less than 1% of this land value. This is LTTE style.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:30 PM

    Over to our new housing minister Wimal.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:36 PM

    "According to the Military, the LTTE leader’s personal security officer who is now under Military detention had confirmed that the man claiming ownership for Prabakaran’s house is the previous owner but disputed claims that it was taken by force."

    When did the "Humane" LTTE take something by force, especially as it was not underage Tamil children forcibly conscripted to fight for a lost cause...........

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 07:09 AM


    Thursday, 06 May 2010 07:16 AM

    The matter should be decided by the courts and NOT by the Army at any cost. If you let the Army "take over"the house it will set a bad precedent and the "law of the Jungle"will only replace the Law of the Land. What have the President got to say in this and why are World Human Rights Orgs silent on this issue ???

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:58 PM

    Money must have been given in LTTE notes, which has no value in the real world. The best option is for the guy to claim some money from the 'Transitional comedy gang' just for a laugh.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:02 PM

    Honestly, how can you have a house and 60 camps in a one acre land?

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 07:21 AM

    I totaly agree with bashj and Munas

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 07:24 AM

    Is it Prabha's house or Paba's house?

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 07:37 AM

    Good one !!!

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 07:49 AM

    who said all the 60 camps and the bandits house was in same land ?

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 10:21 PM

    I thought he lived in a bunker, 10 metres under ground?

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 12:58 AM

    Seems as if the Army has manipulated the issue to serve their interests! By what logic on earth can they assume ownership for the property? Since the owner of the premises is an IDP, he should be facilitated to return home as quickly as possible and close the matter.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 01:55 AM

    yeah right I am the queen of England.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 02:38 AM

    Why in IDP camp ? I am sure the owner must be living with luxury in the West.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 02:40 AM

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 03:01 AM

    Please show pictures of the interior and the underground bunkers and let this house be made a tourist attraction, for local and foreign visitors.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 03:06 AM

    The security's statement sounds opportunistic. They assume the house was 'sold', with the only evidence comming from a terrorist, and they want to occupy the house base on that.

    The owner would have had no option when the LTTE wanted his property

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 03:33 AM

    Rifai's point is absolutely correct

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 04:08 AM

    I agree with Rifai. Where is the investigation by the police and then application of the law? The Army nor anyone else can decide. If they did, then we are certainly a banana republic.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 04:09 AM

    by the way, it would be interesting to know what else the army has decided above and beyond the law of the nation.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 04:10 AM

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 04:28 AM

    When and where did ever LTTE pay money for taking over property?
    Never !! Everyone know this. The man in custody is telling lies.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 05:04 AM

    Did he pay rent ?

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