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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested nine Sri Lankans from the special camp for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees at Tamil Nadu’s (TN) Tiruchirappalli over their alleged involvement in drugs and arms smuggling to revive the LTTE.

The agency said that two of the arrested men were in regular touch with a Pakistan-based drug runner, Haji Salim, who often travelled between Dubai, Pakistan and Iran. These men and Salim were working to revive the LTTE in Sri Lanka and India, the NIA said.

The arrested men have been identified as C Gunashekharan alias Guna, Pushparajah, Mohammad Asmin, Alahapperumaga Sunil Ghamini Fonseaa, Stanly Kennady, Ladiya Chandrasena, Dhanukka Roshan, Vella Suranka and Thilipan,” a spokesperson for the agency said.

“The case pertains to activities of a Sri Lankan drug mafia controlled by C Gunashekharan and Pushparajah in association with Haji Salim, drug and arms supplier based in Pakistan, which has been operating in India and Sri Lanka in illegal drugs and arms for the revival of LTTE in India and Sri Lanka. This case was registered suo-moto by the NIA on July 8 this year,” the spokesperson said.

The Narcotics Control Bureau had earlier registered a case after law enforcement agencies arrested six Sri Lankan nationals and seized 300 kg of heroin, five AK-47 rifles, and 1,000 live rounds of 9mm ammunition off the coast of Vizhinjam, near Thiruvananthapuram, in March 2021, the Indian Express reported.

Later, the Home Ministry had directed the NIA to book a case after it was found that a scheduled offence under the NIA Act, 2008, was committed by the accused.

Last year, Suresh Rajan, a Sri Lankan national, was arrested from Angamaly near Kochi, in connection with the case from Kerala for his alleged links with Haji Salim. The NIA probe had also unearthed financial transactions worth crores of rupees in Rajan’s name.

“Rajan played a prominent role in the drug and arms trafficking to Sri Lanka through the backyard of India. He was aided by several personnel who were part of the LTTE,” sources had said.


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  • Jacoob Grade 1 Tuesday, 20 December 2022 08:35 AM

    tamils, sinhalese, muslims, indians, pakistanis, iranis - all get together to revive LTTE .. This perhaps is the best reading after a long time after my grade 1 reading

    Thomas Dharmachandra Tuesday, 20 December 2022 09:01 AM

    Don't ignore the warnings from India, as you did in the case of Easter Sunday bombings. Take it seriously,and act swiftly

    We Have To Kick Out All Indian Loving Ministers Tuesday, 20 December 2022 09:25 AM

    Indians will never allow Sri Lanka to prosper they will keep the dead LTTE alive to keep us under their control. Yet our Ministers are in “darling” terms with the Indians.

    Mahila Tuesday, 20 December 2022 07:10 PM

    WHTKOILM, Easter Sunday 2018 would heve never happened and no follow up disaster thereto, if the Indian Intelligence warnings were considered a threat and viable counter action taken, for which SL had 5-6 months’ notice and lead time!!?? Have the idiots in this emancipated 2600 years Isle of civilisation realised this as their “FOLLY” and decided to take corrective action??? APPARENTLY NOT??? Just keep blaming the Indians and the west, Europeans and walk from one disaster to another and claim that you are victimised!! Sinhala Buddhist mentality of wisdom of forgetting, SORRY “NOT LEARNING FROM PAST MISTAKES”!!?? Fully fledged Idiots!!! Ashamed, call myself Sri Lankan!!!??

    TJ Tuesday, 20 December 2022 10:37 AM

    The Indian intelligence officers are excellant story tellers

    Mahila Wednesday, 21 December 2022 01:39 AM

    So be like the incompetent, inflated EGO Grama Niladhari, (GN) bestowed with honour of Minister of Defence and internal Security, BE PROUD TO THROW the "Baby with the bathwater" and claim 'there cannot be any truth' without one investigating to the full and passing judgment!!!??? Wake up on the crucial day and find the elevated GN or equivalent has decamped to an INDIAN HOLY SHRINE (TIRUPATHI), TO SEEK SOLACE AND SHOPPING SPREE FOR A FORTHCOMING FAMILY WEDDISING!!!?? What a country and what selfless political theorists and practitioners in this emancipated Buddhist civilisation country to be enamoured by all, worldwide!!!!???? HAPPY DAYS ARE AHEAD!!!??? GOD BLESS!!!

    Mahila Wednesday, 21 December 2022 01:39 AM

    So be like the incompetent, inflated EGO Grama Niladhari, (GN) bestowed with honour of Minister of Defence and internal Security, BE PROUD TO THROW the "Baby with the bathwater" and claim 'there cannot be any truth' without one investigating to the full and passing judgment!!!??? Wake up on the crucial day and find the elevated GN or equivalent has decamped to an INDIAN HOLY SHRINE (TIRUPATHI), TO SEEK SOLACE AND SHOPPING SPREE FOR A FORTHCOMING FAMILY WEDDISING!!!?? What a country and what selfless political theorists and practitioners in this emancipated Buddhist civilisation country to be enamoured by all, worldwide!!!!???? HAPPY DAYS ARE AHEAD!!!??? GOD BLESS!!!

    Sammy Tuesday, 20 December 2022 10:47 AM

    @We have to Kick out all Indian Silly comment! Loving Ministers these alleged criminals have been apprehended by the Indian National Investigating Agency and not Sri Lankan Investigators. Why should India do that if they are supporting LTTE? Blame corrupt

    Grace Tuesday, 20 December 2022 11:44 AM

    Every time, when ruling parties are politically weak, they create such stories to divert people's attention.

    Champion Tuesday, 20 December 2022 12:32 PM

    LTTE name will be assigned to create fear for centuries to come. The bogy man is coming. Hilarious.

    Mohamed Adham Tuesday, 20 December 2022 12:55 PM

    Both our Government and the Indian government need the LTTE as a diversionary tool to cover up all their faults. Everytime a diversion is required, then they pop the LTTE bogey out. The Sri Lankan refugees in all the camps in Tamil Nadu, go through immense suffering and hardship. They go to extraordinary lengths to just get by. The TN government subsidies are very low and they cannot get a permanent job anywhere, even if they were educated. They just dont have the time nor the effort to raise the LTTE up again. The LTTE support amongst the Tamils has dwindled considerably, although with Lankan government blunders and the racist policies adapted by our Armed forces in the North and East, have kept a certain segment of that society burning for the return of the LTTE. They are left with very little options. Ranil Rajapaksa is too busy protecting his hot seat, so he is not going to do anything to bring an end to these burning issues. Hard to swallow, but this is the reality.

    Raaju Bhai Tuesday, 20 December 2022 01:33 PM

    Story of the day

    Robin Banks Tuesday, 20 December 2022 02:10 PM

    Looks like the backdoor president and his masters the rajapaksas are reviving the old enemy. Another trick from the degenerates.

    Lanka Shantha Tuesday, 20 December 2022 02:14 PM

    It seems typical game by the Political masters to make Sri Lanka in to their side. They did this many time earlier too.

    Well frog Tuesday, 20 December 2022 02:40 PM

    Tamil younger generation is interested in their education and careers not in backward ideas. Our politicians can fool some people may days and many people some days. They can not fool all the people all the days .

    Fernando Tuesday, 20 December 2022 03:43 PM

    Never allow the ferry service between India and Sri Lanka. It will definitely going to be a disaster.

    Punchi Tuesday, 20 December 2022 04:17 PM

    The political wing of the LTTE is alive and operating and I saw a video in whatsapp of an award by the LTTE of “great man” on a Tamil person who passed away in Perth Australia recently. It is the armed wing that some people are trying to revive.

    Lanka putha Tuesday, 20 December 2022 05:41 PM

    They are finished and this is to get the votes in the south. An another drama

    Cam sab Tuesday, 20 December 2022 06:54 PM

    Some plan like the Easter Sunday attack may be going on. Indian National Intelligence is yet to find the whereabouts of Subhash Chandrapose and the muderers of Rajiv Ghandi. For Rajiv Ghandi’s murder, LTTE was the simplest guess by even a small child…Indian intelligence or any intelligence is not required for that. Indians are cheap and can be bought for small money.

    John Fernando Tuesday, 20 December 2022 07:45 PM

    Indians already lost many strategic locations to China and they are pulling the last straw of LTTE to get a firm foothold in our country, India is making decisions too fast on our country , flight started , ship is going to start , etc.. unfortunately if you borrow big amount money to poachers we don't have any say rather loose everything as we already bare bottom.

    Shanthikumar Tuesday, 20 December 2022 09:17 PM

    This fellow Punchi is actually the Indian agent D B S Jeyaraj ( Sri Lankan Tamil ). As long as he is alive he will destroy Sri Lanka for the benefits he is getting from India.

    Rajakaiyavacha Tuesday, 20 December 2022 09:50 PM

    I never knew half of LTTE were Sinhalese and it consisted many Muslims.

    Quolp Tuesday, 20 December 2022 09:58 PM

    Revival of TAMIL LTTE TERRORISM is a mission of RANIL who then only can rule the country with the support of the US, otherwise he won't be elected in an election through people's mandate. Everyone is aware of the link between Ranil

    Andy Husain Tuesday, 20 December 2022 10:08 PM

    Spot on Grace! The tragedy of the Indian sub-continent is the complete disregard of the working people by the political and cultural elites. Whilst playing the Nationalist Card to 'whip-up' hysterical emotions when THEY have damaged the economy, and profited from the event, they are safe in the knowledge that they have already syphoned off their 'ill gotten gains' with property in London, Dubai etc.. The tragedy is their local chums who support their cause, aided and abetted by the nauseous nature of social media, and the tragic 'chamcha's' sucked in by such xenophobic diatribes, rather than asking themselves the question -' Who is taking whom for a ride!'. Wake up and smell the Cha!

    Cam Sab Wednesday, 21 December 2022 04:39 PM

    When LTTE was there and active, they killed Pirabhakaran many times just by spreading news that he was killed. Now when LTTE is not in action, they use the threat that LTTE is around the corner. This is the game played by both India and Sri Lanka. Indian intelligence is very active in Sri Lanka and they usually know more of what is happening in Sri Lanka than the Sri Lankan intelligence conmen.

    Proudly IndiAn Wednesday, 21 December 2022 07:19 PM

    As always happened.. whenever India tried to help you guys.. either you ignore them or called them poachers. Good for you.. jus keep your eyes shut jus like you did last time. And let the drug mafias do their business peacefully. You will come to know that drugs business always linked to terrorism. Thankyou.


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