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PRO-LTTE VERSE WRITERS DECLARE THAT THE GROUP WHO KILLED THEIR OWN PRIME MINISTER ARE NOT TERRORISTS

By Walter Jayawardhana

Pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) verse writers gathered near the Gandhi statue in Marina, Chennai and publicly declared the group who killed their own Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi using a female suicide bomber is “not a terrorist group”.

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed not very far away at Siriperumbudur , from where the writers were gathering, by a LTTE suicide bomber called Dhanu, and the LTTE Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and his intelligence chief, Pottuamman are expected to be brought before an Indian court for the crime.

Times of India calling one of the protesters as a well-known writer Ramesh of the erstwhile Prem-Ramesh duo quoted him as demanding for a separate state for Tamils, to be carved out of Sri Lanka. He pointed out examples across the world where nations had been carved out after a popular protest. "I don't see the LTTE as a terrorist organization,” he was quoted having said.

Although Tamils are a minority in Sri Lanka more than 60 million Tamils live in the state of Tamil Nadu , as the state’s majority but to ask for a separate state for them is banned under the Indian law.

"This is not an internal affair of Sri Lanka, said Thamizhachi Thangapandian who pointed out that they were calling for an immediate ceasefire” the Times of India reported quoting another pro-LTTE writer at the protest.

When similar demands of a ceasefire were brought by Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam Leaders weeks ago Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that India does not have the power to impose a ceasefire in a foreign country.

The verse writers collected from across the state were assembled a in a makeshift tent and “curious passers-by heard resonant, emotional poems”recited by them , the Times of India said.



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