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Tamil nationalist leader says Velupillai Prabhakaran is still alive

Prabhakaran was allegedly shot dead by the Sri Lankan army in 2009

 LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran (File) LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran with his women fighters | AFP

Pazha Nedumaran, a noted Tamil nationalist leader, said LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, who was believed to be killed by Sri Lankan Army is still alive and doing well. 

Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka is doing well, Pazha Nedumaran claimed here on Monday and said a conducive atmosphere prevails for him to appear now.

In a press conference, Pazha Nedumaran prefixed his declaration as a 'true announcement' and said the international (political) atmosphere and fierce opposition to Rajapaksas by the Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka has created the right conditions for the leader of the Eelam Tamils, Prabhakaran to emerge.

Asserting that the LTTE leader is doing well, Nedumaran said the announcement would end 'planned' suspicions spread about him. “Prabhakaran is all set to soon announce a plan for the dawn of the Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka,” he said. 

He appealed to Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Tamils living in all other parts of the world to stand together and extend him their full support. “Till such time the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was powerful, they did not allow any forces inimical to India to find a toehold in the regions held by them in Sri Lanka,” he said. 

“They not only opposed such forces but also have not received any support from such nations opposed to India,” he added. 

It may be recalled that Prabhakaran was killed in 2009 in the war between Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE. 'Eelam' in Tamil denotes the homeland of the Tamil people. 

Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war ended in 2009, with the killing of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Prabhakaran was allegedly shot dead by the Sri Lankan army, but not much is known about his final days.

(With PTI inputs)


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