By Walter Jayawardhana

Various “patriotic” sections of the South Indian film industry have questioned the wisdom of the controversial Director Bharathiraja and other activists who are planning to launch a desperate attempt of public agitation to save Velupillai Prabhakaran , a wanted man for the murder of Rajiv Gandhi and a man working with other extremist organization for the division of India, informed sources said.

Some have accused that he had not even elected properly as the Directors Council President.
Prabhakaran, a Tamil terrorist leader wanted by the Interpol for various crimes including that of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination which was done by an alleged suicide bomber at Siriperumbudur near Chennai is currently surrounded by the Sri Lanka security forces. He has appealed to Bharathiraja and other contacts in the Chennai’s powerful film industry to save him from falling into the hands of the Indian law authorities after being captured by the Sri Lankan security forces.

Prabhakaran’s and his intelligence Chief Pottuamman’s plea to save them reached the film industry personnel after the attempts of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam (MDMK) leader Vaiko’s attempts failed to stop the Sri Lankan government security forces from marching towards Prabhakaran’s stronghold of Kilinochchi in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has promised to hand him over to India to try for the Rajiv Gandhi murder if they are able to capture him alive.

Some sections of the Chennai film industry, who are in support of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) policy of dividing India on racial lines have responded by organizing to hold a rally of film industry personnel together with members of the organizations like that of MDMK to agitate against Sri Lanka’s anti-LTTE offensive at Rameshwaram, in the state of Tamil Nadu on October 19.

Using the same trade union sources which illegally held the copies of the film “Prabhakaran” some months ago the pro-LTTE elements are attempting to support this movement of saving the LTTE, which is a banned organization in India. Those elements illegally held the film entitled Prabhakaran, since they did not want the Tamils to see the illegal kidnappings of the poor children in Sri Lanka’s North to make them into child soldiers, the subject depicted in the film. Critics have alleged that if the concerned film industry personnel were true Tamil patriots how come they did not want the Tamil people to see how small Tamil children were mercilessly being destroyed by Prabhakaran and his LTTE, as cannon fodder of his war. Attempts by the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations to stop the Tamil children’s sorry plight have so far failed.

Tamil people in the Kilinochchi and Mulaitivu areas have been disfranchised by Prabhakaran for more than two decades and the South Indian Film industry friends of the LTTE have shown no concern of it. Director Bharathiraja has said his celluloid heroes and heroines will wear black bands in support of Prabhakaran, the terrorist leader during these October 19 agitations. He has also said he would organize a film industry strike between October 18 and 20 to bring pressure on the Indian government to stop the anti-LTTE drive of the Sri Lanka government.(

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