Kumaran Pathmanathan, alias Tharmalingam, alias Shanmugam Kumaran, alias KP- Arms smuggler, money launderer, the heir to the terrorism of Prabhakaran
Posted on August 5th, 2010

by Charles.S.Perera

 There is  a recurring news item about Kumaran Pathmanathan .  He was  the man who was  named by Prabhakaran the terrorist to take over the terrorist activities after him. A person to be considered reliable by the worlds most ruthless terrorist Velupillai Prabhakaran to carry on his terrorist activities after him , must be one who is as equal to him to carry on terrorism  from where he had stopped.

Robert Blake is said to have had direct contact with the LTTE  terrorist leadership through Kumaran Pathmanathan- a known arms smuggler and money launderer.  He was also identified as Tharmalingham, Shanmugam Kumaran or KP .  He was placed on Interpol red notice, which seeks the arrest or provisional arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition, at India’s request following the murder of Rajiv Ghandi by the Tamil Tigers.

Operating the Tiger’s procurement network clandestinely from Thailand and Malaysia, KP managed to evade arrest  and was appointed as the LTTE head of International relations. And subsequently named as the leader of the LTTE after him, by the thalaivar Prabhakaran himself. This is how he was identified before his arrest by the Government of Sri Lanka.

Kumaran Pathmanathan  did neither surrender to the Government nor did he after his arrest decline to continue terrorism as a means to  set up an Eelam State for the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

 He was procuring arms and providing other material needs of the terrorists to carry on their terrorism unhindered, with all modern facilities to operate their machines of terror.  He was responsible for all the assassinations, murders and massacres, whether by explosion of claymore bombs, grenades, suicide cadres, or Soosai’s powered boats in the seas.It was only after  the death of the terrorist leadership that the government was able to arrest him.

 He was arrested as a terrorist  who had been engaged by  the terrorist leader Prabhakaran to continue terrorism in Sri Lanka. Therefore the government cannot differentiate him from  the rest of the terrorists.  He is therefore the only terrorist leader alive from all those who were eliminated or captured and held in prisons.  He is perhaps still on the red list of the Interpol.

 What guarantee has the Government of Sri Lanka that he could now be trusted ?

 KP’s mind is unfathomable.  He may pretend to have given up the intention to set up the Tamil Homeland which was dying terrorist leader’s  request.  But to what extent could Gotabhaya Rajapaksa or the President Mahinda Rajapaksa trust him.  Prabhakaran never kept his word to the best of his interlocutors.   Therefore,  Pathmanathan, the best friend and accomplice of Prabhakaran   is not reliable.  President R.Premadasa was assassinated by  a terrorist who won his trust and friendship.

 Once he is free K.pathmanathan may be contacted by the Indian RAW, and  Pathmanathan will play the same role he had been playing with the Government of Sri Lanka, with the Government of India as well.  He is a shrewd man and has nothing to loose.  In that situation the Government  of Sri Lanka seems to be playing with fire in trying to give Pathmanathan political responsibility in the North and East.

 Pathmanathan is useful both to India and Blake of USA to go ahead with the Agenda they had in mind  when they were seeking to save  Prabhakaran, to break up Sri Lanka and create a Kosavo style independent Tamil Eelam State.  In releasing Pathmanathan  the government of Sri Lanka will only be playing into their hands.

 Karuna Amman was different, because he risked his life when he broke away from Prabhakaran and from terrorism.  He is  sincere, and he is different  even from the other  Tamil politicians like        Ananda Sangaree, Douglass Devananda, and the TNA politicians. Because Karuna Amman is more genuine  having no secret political agenda, if not he will not disband his political party to join the SLFP. 

 While other Tamil politicians still identify themselves separately from the majority community,  Karuna Amman sought to unite with the majority. He  could be compared to what was Barrack Obama to Americans- not a representative of the Black Americans,  but just another ” American”.

 Therefore, Karuna Amman  cannot be likened   to the shrewd, unreliable  arms smuggler, and money launderer Kumaran Pathmanathan, as it would be an insult to Karuna Amman. 

 Pathmanathan has not given up his terrorist intentions, even today with all the talk about his giving all secret information concerning the LTTE terrorists he may still be  holding on to his allegiance to his friend  Prabhakaran, and may want to revive terrorism in a different way, for instance by breaking  away North and East to set up a Tamil Eelam State, with the help of his old friend, Robert O’Blake, those in Norway and the Government of  India- whose intentions  will always remain an enigma.

2 Responses to “Kumaran Pathmanathan, alias Tharmalingam, alias Shanmugam Kumaran, alias KP- Arms smuggler, money launderer, the heir to the terrorism of Prabhakaran”

  1. dhane Says:

    KP is another tiger. Who never changed their spots or eat Vegetable . Hope Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and President Mahinda Rajapaksa would have realized by now the mistake they did by appointing Sarath Fonseka as the commander without allow SF to retire. Therefore KP & others should not be trusted and make the second or biggest mistake after going through 30 years of war. DO NOT PUT SRI LANKA BACK INTO WAR.

  2. cassandra Says:

    One hopes that the likes of Mahinda and Gothabaya Rajapakse are not unaware of that old proverb, ‘He who sups with the devil should use a long spoon’.

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