Saturday, August 2, 2008

Arrested LTTE man came for recruitment

Thambi Anna alias Thambi Ilamkathir alias Daniel (46), a key Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) procurement agent who was picked up in Chennai by the Q Branch police on Wednesday, had come to recruit more suppliers for his network, police said on Thursday.

According to police sources, Thambi Anna was a close associate of Soosai, the head of 'Sea Tigers' , the LTTE's naval arm and a top ranking guerrilla leader. "Thambi Anna was appointed chief of a procurement module in 2006 by Soosai. He has been coordinating all major smuggling operations between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka since then," a senior police official said.

Significantly, Thambi had so far managed to run the show for the LTTE without ever visiting Tamil Nadu. He was arrested on what is believed to be his first visit to the state. He made the trip he was desperate to keep the supply lines alive in the wake of a crackdown by the state police and interdiction at sea by the island's navy, the official said.

"We are intercepting their consignments almost every day. This has significantly reduced the LTTE's supplies. As they can't afford to let this situation continue, there may have been pressure on him to boost the supply mechanism ," another official said.

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