LONDON BASED LTTE FRONTS INTENSIFYING EXTORTION IN THE CITY AND ALSO IN TAMIL NADU OVER PHONE MESSAGES
By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna
Emboldened by the political support they receive from British politicians,
front organizations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in
London have started raising funds for terrorist activities in Sri Lanka
by extortion not only from the British capital but also from Tamil Nadu
over phone messages originating there.
One such person the London based terrorist fund raisers were trying
to extort money from was the new mayor of Tirupur , a town of the Southern
Indian state of Tamil Nadu near Coimbatore, according to a complaint
made to the Tamil Nadu police authorities.
Informed sources said the British Tamil Forum (BTF), successors to
the British Tamil Association , then headed by A.C.Shanthan , the LTTE
head now under arrest under British anti-terrorist laws is responsible
for much of the fundraising activities of the LTTE in Britain. Many
leaders of the BTF are well known LTTE activists in London.
They have started coming to the limelight by issuing statements to
the press by requesting LTTE sympathizers asking them to boycott Sri
Lankan Airways with statements published in British newspapers like
Even with transit stopover delays, and sometimes pocketing out hundreds
of pounds , as extra fare this front organization wanted London based
Tamils to take other airlines, according to a news item published in
the Guardian. But the newspaper, failed to publish that the BTF is a
front of the LTTE, still managed by the close collaborators of Shanthan.
Mayor K. Selvaraj of Tirupur told police investigators in India that
the London based LTTE extortionists wanted him to give ten million rupees
for what they called Eelam cause.Selvaraj in his complaint
said that he received these calls from London and the callers identified
themselves as Ramamurthy, Ganaseelan, David and Prabhakaran.
According to the callers, the mayor said, if he failed to raise the
expected ten million within one week, he would be killed.
Meanwhile Tamil sources in London said that the British authorities
have once again closed their eyes to the LTTE fund raising in the city,
and the BTF linked people are forcing Tamils to pay £ 100 each
to the LTTE fund.
The LTTE has also printed raffle tickets offering prizes, in London,
as another method of fundraising.
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