LTTE Political Wing was meant to infiltrate military-held areas;
Sasitharans no saints -MOD
The Defence Ministry yesterday said that Northern
Provincial Council member Ananthi Sasitharan was under
investigation, though she had publicly distanced herself from the
LTTE fighting cadre.
A senior Defence Ministry spokesman said that the
ongoing inquiry was meant to establish her role during the conflict
as well as the post-war era. The Defence Ministry was responding to
criticism of its decision to weigh the need to rehabilitate Ms.
During the conflict Ananthi Sasitharan worked at
the Kilinochchi Divisional secretariat.
Ms Sasitharan successfully contested the first
Northern Provincial Council polls last September. Representing the
Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) she polled the second highest
preferential votes in the Northern Province comprising the
administrative districts of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi
Asked whether authorities had specific information
regarding Ms. Sasitharan's involvement in terrorism, the official
pointed out that an attempt was being made to sanitize her on the
basis that her husband, Velayutham Sasitharan alias Elilan
functioned as the political wing leader of the Trincomalee district.
The Defence Ministry alleged that the LTTE created
a political wing especially to infiltrate territory in Northern and
Eastern Provinces, during the Norwegian arranged Ceasefire Agreement
(CFA) in early 2002. The CFA stipulated that LTTE could establish
political offices in areas under the government control, the
ministry said, adding that the Sasitharans could have taken
advantage of the CFA on many occasions.
Sri Lanka wouldn't give special status to those
terrorists masquerading as political activists, the Defence Ministry
insisted. Referring to the killing of LTTE political wing leader S.
P. Thamilselvan in early November 2007, the ministry stressed that
the former Jaffna commander was targeted as he was a member of a
In fact, a US military team that examined the
ground situation in late 2002 asserted that the LTTE was exploiting
the CFA to its advantage. The team from Pacific Command alleged
that: "Since the signing the CFA with the government of Sri Lanka,
the LTTE has increased political presence within military controlled
territory and actively repositioned, re-equipped and re-trained
combat forces. As a result of these activities, the LTTE has
improved its ability to affect civilian popular opinion, interdict
military lines of communications and seize control of additional
The ministry said that those who had visited Sri
Lanka to examine the ground situation ended up listening to either
former terrorists or the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which
endorsed the LTTE as the sole representative of Tamil speaking
people leading to the outbreak of eelam war IV.
Courtesy : The Island