Tamil Nationalist leader Pazha Nedumaran's recent remark of claiming that LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is still alive has drawn a major attention from across the country, particularly from across the intelligence community, with the Tamil Nadu police have launched a probe into his remark.
LTTE leader Prabhakaran was killed by the Sri Lankan Army during the last phase of the country's civil war in 2009. The LTTE, which has been a banned organisation in India, was subdued in Sri Lanka with the Tamil people in the island are still living under a direct-watch from the armed forces. Prabhakaran was a leader whom the Tamil activists and leaders had admired dearly and there have been claims that Prabhakaran is still alive.
Nedumaran has been making this claim for years and recently, he echoed the same when he addressed the reporters in Tamil Nadu's Thanjavur district. Nedumaran said that Prabhakaran is still alive and living with his wife. As his claim had sparked turmoil, the central agencies and the Tamil Nadu's 'Q' branch police have commenced an investigation into Nedumaran's claim, amidst the assertion from the Sri Lankan Army that they have the DNA sample proving that Prabhakaran was dead.
According to IANS, the Indian agencies haven't ruled out the statement of Nedumaran, who was a long-time associate of Prabhakaran. The Tamil Nadu intelligence department has already installed a team of police officers to probe Nedumaran's claim. The special team is led by ADGP Intelligence Davidson Devasirvatham, DIG Senthilvelan, and Q branch SP Kannamal. It has also been reported that the central agencies have also launched a probe and Nedumaran will be questioned soon with this regard.
Speaking to IANS, a senior police official attached to the Tamil Nadu Police headquarters said, "The special team constituted will study on the recent phone calls made by Nedumaran and the people with whom he was in touch and all his close associates will be monitored." Looking back at the history, this is not the first time that Nedumaran made such claim. In February 2016, Nedumaran said in Coimbatore that Prabhakaran was alive and that the Indian government has never declared that he had died. In 2010, a year after the end of Sri Lankan civil war, Nedumaran claimed that the war would happen again in Eelam and Prabhakaran would lead the war.