TAMIL TIGERS ARE ALSO DEVELOPING
A MINI SUBMARINE FOR GUN RUNNING, DRUG SMUGGLING AND PIRACY
By Walter Jayawardhana
cocaine submarine (AFP)
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is fast developing a
mini submarine for gun running and drug smuggling Sri Lankan and Indian
intelligence services believe.
The evidence of crude submarines they are developing has already
been found in recent finds in Thailand and other places , the reports
Some Indian naval authorities think they are developing a submersible
craft to smuggle drugs and warlike materials unnoticed between the
narrow straits between India and Sri Lanka and attack merchant vessels
in the Indian ocean for purposes of piracy .
According to the information, it is the marine wing of the LTTE,
called the Sea Tigers who are trying to develop a home made submarine
for extending their activities of smugggling and piracy.
Indian news agencies have publishing stories that the terrorist group
who are already possessing some propeller airplanes could soon be
adding up submersible vehicles to their terrorist activities.
Indias zee.news website quoting an Indian naval officer reported,
To questions about the possibility of the LTTE acquiring a
submarine and how big a threat this would pose to India and its neighbourhood,
Rear Admiral Pradeep Chuahan said the threat would be as good or bad
as threats posed by any terrorist group operating on land.
The United States coast guard authorities were tight lipped regarding
the incident after a number of Colombians with Rajakumar Rajadurai
(52) a Sri Lankan Tamil were caught transporting 2.9 tons of cocaine
into the United States originating from Bogota Colombia, the worlds
biggest producer of cocaine in a crude home made submarine.
The submarine was used to escape the intense surveillance of airplanes
by US drug enforcement authorities. The accused were facing life imprisonment.
The large merchant navy owned by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
is thought to be transporting drugs as a main income for the terrorist
The cocaine submarine was taken into custody with nearly three tons
of cocaine in the early part of December 2006 90 nautical miles southwest
of Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica, in international waters.
Earlier than this incident Thai authorities took into custody a crude
unfinished submarine that was being built by the LTTE in that country.