LTTE threat to Sonia Gandhi and children
Home Ministry issues
Worries are mounting in New
Delhi about intelligence reports of the strong prospect of at attack on
the Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi, her children, and other top
political leaders of India by the LTTE, during the current election time
The Indian Home Ministry has
issued an alert urging the tightening of security when Sonia Gandhi and
her two children Rahul and Priyanka, already among the most highly most
highly protected public figures in India, canvass for support for the
Congress party and its allies in the current campaign for elections to
the Lo-----K Sabha.
Although the alert was not
specific on the nature of the threat, security analysts in India see a
major threat from the LTTE as the intelligence warnings say that Sonia
Gandhi and her two children could be attacked because of India not
pressuring Colombo to implement a ceasefire with the LTTE. The threat
also covers other prominent Congress leaders.
It will be recalled that in
May 1991, former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, husband of Sonia
and father of Rahul and Priyanka, was assassinated by a suicide killer
of the LTTE when canvassing for the Lok Sabha polls in Sriperimpudur,
Tamil Nadu. The LTTTE used a woman suicide killer for the assassination.
The LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and its Intelligence Chief Pottu
Amman are still wanted by the Indian Courts in connection with this
Indian intelligence sources
are also concerned by the inflammatory language being used by key LTTE
supporters and secessionists in Tamil Nadu, as the LTTE faces defeat
from Sri Lankan troops fast advancing on the narrow strip of land where
it continues to hold Tamil civilians hostage.
The "Hindu" has reported,
April 09, in a speech delivered on Wednesday (08), Marumalarchi Dravida
Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader V. Gopalswamy, also known as Vaiko,
warned of large-scale secessionist violence if Sri Lankan forces killed
LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran.
He also made a reference to
the assassination of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Sriperumbudur, and
warned India of a secessionist movement if it did not push for an end to
Sri Lanka's anti-LTTE campaign.
The Hindu states the MDMK
polemic isn't the sole cause for concern among the intelligence
services. Facing annihilation in Sri Lanka, many analysts fear, the LTTE
could unleash violence within India to coerce its political leadership
and create conditions where it could set up safe havens in Tamil Nadu.
In recent weeks, the LTTE has
succeeded in slowing down the offensive Sri Lankan military operations
by using the civilian population in the Mullaitivu region as human
shields, the Hindu states. (PRIU)
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