Fall of LTTE: threat to top leaders perceived

S. Vijay Kumar

Tigers blame India for their defeat: intelligence agencies

One suspect based in Tamil Nadu is coordinating with LTTE: RAW

Navy and Coast Guard put on alert

CHENNAI: With the total victory of the Sri Lankan armed forces over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which faces elimination as a conventional military force, Indian intelligence agencies perceive a high level of threat to VVIPs and a couple of bureaucrats in the country.

Reports of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency, the Intelligence Bureau, and other security organisations indicate an escalated level of threat to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan, and Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon.

According to an informed source in the Ministry of Home Affairs, senior LTTE leaders were of the impression that the Government of India was responsible for their outfit losing the war with the Sri Lankan Army. Some articles published in pro-LTTE websites squarely blamed India for the alleged ‘genocide’ of Tamils in the island nation. According to a recent RAW input, a LTTE functionary is in touch with some persons in Tamil Nadu to facilitate the movement of refugees into India.

One more suspect based in Tamil Nadu is reportedly coordinating constantly with the LTTE and even organised mid-sea transfer of a consignment at a point less than 100 km east of Karaikal on March 19 this year. The content of the consignment was not known.

This input was communicated to the Tamil Nadu police, the Navy, and the Coast Guard. After vigil was intensified along the coast, the suspect changed his modus operandi. A high-level meeting of security officials was held on March 23 to discuss the issue.

Anti-India sentiments on the rise

Another report from a Central intelligence agency says anti-Government of India sentiments among pro-LTTE Tamils were on the rise over the perceived inaction of the Centre to defuse the ongoing crisis. Anger among these elements has increased in recent days in the backdrop of the plight of internally displaced persons held up in the small LTTE-controlled area. This has resulted in a high level of resentment among LTTE cadres against key Indian political leaders, including Ms. Gandhi. “These threat perceptions have been conveyed to all States for providing appropriate security arrangements for the VVIPs during their visits,” a senior police official told The Hindu.

Coastal security

The police official said separate instructions were given to coastal security agencies in view of the threat from the seafront. They emphasised that foolproof security arrangements were imperative during the visit of VVIPs to coastal areas for the election campaign. “The Mumbai terror attack in November last year has exposed the vulnerability of our coast. The Navy and the Coast Guard have been put on alert,” the official added.

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