TN: Arrested LTTEer wanted in various cases
The arrest of the chief of LTTE procurement module is being regarded
by the Tamil Nadu police as a breakthrough of sorts as he was wanted in
various cases of smuggling arms and other materials to Sri Lanka.
Thambianna alias Daniel (46), who clandestinely landed in Rameswaram
by a ferry from Sri Lanka and came to Chennai later, was trailed by the
police for a month.
Intelligence IG Jaffer Sait told reporters here that police did so to
crack his contacts before arresting him.
“Most of LTTE cadre arrested in the state have been working under his
control and he was trying to smuggle petrol this time. He was wanted in
connection with smuggling of explosives, swimming and communication
equipment among others and was a member of the Sea Tigers,” Sait said.
He could not send the consignments from Ramanathapuram and was
planning alternative routes through Tanjavur and Pudukottai.
Following police crackdown on the LTTE, they had shifted their sea
route to Kerala, Sait said adding seven cases in 2006 and 48 in 2007-08
have been booked against various members of the proscribed unit.
Instances of smuggling of ball bearings and aluminium balls besides fuel
and other equipment to the LTTE have been on the rise in the past two
Thambianna was arrested from Valasaravakkam on Thursday and remanded
to judicial custody.