By Jamila Najmuddin
The family of slain LTTE Political Wing Chief S.P. Thamilchelvam has sought clearance from the military to seek asylum in India, Deputy Minister of Resettlement Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan told Daily Mirror online.
Tamilchelvam’s family who are currently under military custody were captured by the army while being in an IDP camp soon after the defeat of the LTTE last year.
According to Minister Muralitharan, they are now being looked after ‘well’ by the army.
“There is nothing to complain about. The army is looking after them very well. They have sought permission to go to India but their request is still under consideration,” Minister Muralitharan said.
Soon after Tamilchelvam’s family were located in an IDP camp late last year, Minister Muralitharan had told reporters that the wife and the two children of the slain LTTE Political Wing Chief would soon be allowed to join with their relations.
The Minister who had met Tamilchelvam’s family at Menik Farm, gave the promise that they would be with their relatives soon.
“Thamilchelvan’s family members are not LTTE cadres. They are civilians. That is why the Army is looking after them well. I will take their issue to the government. They can re-unite with their relations as soon as the government grants permission,” he had said.
Meanwhile more than 1500 LTTE cadres who had been sent to rehabilitation centers soon after the defeat of the Tigers last year have resettled wit their relatives in the north, Minister Muralitharan said.
However many more cadres are still under army custody for security reasons, he added. (Daily Mirror online)