New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested nine Sri Lankan nationals for their involvement in smuggling drugs and arms from the special Tamil refugee camp in Tiruchirapalli to fuel the activities of the terrorist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). ), the agency said Monday.
Those arrested have been identified as C Gunashekharan alias Guna, a resident of Colombo, in the alleged conspiracy to revive the LTTE in association with Pakistani national Haji Salim; Pushparajah alias Pookutti Kanna; Mohammad Asmin; Alahapperumaga Sunil Ghamini Fonseaa, Stanly Kennady Fernando, Ladiya Chandrasena, Dhanukka Roshan, Vella Suranka and Thilipan.
“The case relates to the activities of the Sri Lankan drug mafia controlled by C Gunashekharan and Guna and Pushparajah alias Pookutti Kanna, along with Pakistan-based drug and arms supplier Haji Salim, who is dealing in illegal drugs in India and Sri Lanka. Weapons to revive the LTTE,” the NIA said in a statement.
According to Haji Salim, a counter-terrorism official in Delhi, he “runs one of the largest drug and arms smuggling networks from Pakistan to Sri Lanka.”
The agency has not described the role of other people arrested in the case.
The federal counter-terrorism investigation agency has registered at least four cases since last year to investigate the conspiracy of some Indian and Sri Lanka-based LTTE cadres to revive the banned outfit’s activities in arms smuggling, drug smuggling and transfer using hawala. of funds
The NIA had earlier charged some active LTTE cadres, including a Sri Lankan woman Letchumanan Mary Franciska and five others, with forging documents to use a bank account to finance LTTE activities.
While filing the chargesheet against them on March 29 this year, the NIA said, “Mary Franciska, T Kenniston Fernando and K Baskaran entered into a conspiracy with foreign entities to divert deposits from dormant bank accounts using fraudulently obtained Indian identity documents and in India and forging identity documents to revive, renew and regroup the LTTE in Sri Lanka. Johnson Samuvel, Dharmendran and Mohan helped to forge Indian identity documents.”
In October last year, a former intelligence officer of the LTTE – Satkunam alias Sabesan was arrested during an investigation into the seizure of five AK47 rifles, thousands of 9mm rounds of ammunition and 300kg of heroin from the Ravihansi fishing boat seized by the coast. Protecting Minicoy off the coast of Lakshwadeep on March 18, 2021.
“Sebastian played a crucial role in channeling the proceeds of drug trafficking to former LTTE cadres in Sri Lanka to revive the LTTE,” the agency said in October 2021.