terrorist      Tamil Nadu ‘Q’ branch sleuths said they have busted a sleeper cell of former LTTE cadres with the arrest of two men in a Mogappair guest house on Friday 20 Aug.

One of those arrested, Sivaneswaran, 34, alias Nesan alias Priyan alias Isai Priyan alias Anbu, hails from Jaffna and came to Tamil Nadu as a refugee in 2011. He joined the LTTE and was tasked with checking the background of young recruits. He later became head of the outfit’s recruitment wing.The other arrested, Gopi alias Manoharan, 37, also a Jaffna native, flew into Tamil Nadu in 2009.

The arrested duo was produced before a magistrate’s court in Tambaram that remanded them in judicial custody in Puzhal prison.
Meanwhile in an article that appeared in the Himalyan Times UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has revealed that his party had ties with Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE), also known as Tamil Tigers, during the decade-long armed conflict in Nepal.In the startling revelation made on Friday, the Maoist leader, who later became the country’s prime minister in 2008, admitted that the Nepali Maoists had sought the Sri Lankan rebel groups.

Dahal, also called Prachanda in the party, was speaking at a training programme for the officer bearers of Maoist party’s ethnic and regional organisations, in Jorpati of Kathmandu yesterday, the Annapurna Post reported on Saturday.

On the occasion, Maoist leaders Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha were also present. They imparted training on the party cadres including CC members.

According to him, it was the first time that he was making public the ties between the LTTE and his party.

Saying that the LTTE was also fighting for ethnic liberation, Dahal tried to justify the relationship with the Tamil Tigers. The insurgency in Nepal was a “movement for national liberation”, he added.

He further revealed that LTTE had also sought help from the Maoist side.

He was all-praise of the separatist movement in Sri Lanka, and called the LTTE, now defunct, an “organisation of the brave.” According to him, the LTTE was revolting against the atrocity.

Though he did not elaborate what sort of help the then CPN-Maoist received from the Tamil Tigers and how the relation was established, Dahal hinted that the LTTE’s support helped a lot to fight against the then regime.

He, however, lamented the Chinese assistance in the suppression of LTTE in Sri Lanka.

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