KP gives 'valuable' information to Lanka

New LTTE chief grilled by defence minister


Gotabhaya, the brother of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, told a meeting here on Monday that he had asked some questions to Pathmanathan. The fight against the Tamil rebels will continue till its international operations are “completely defeated”, he had said. The Daily Mirror reported on Wednesday that Pathmanathan, the chief arms procurer of the LTTE who was detained last week and is in the custody, had met Gotabhaya.

“It transpired that at the meeting that went on for a little more than an hour, KP had disclosed (to the Defence Secretary) valuable and detailed information regarding the international connections of the LTTE network — in response to questions by the Defence Secretary,” the newspaper said.

It said several high ranking defence officials were also present at the meeting.
Addressing a gathering earlier this week, Gotabhaya said as per the information received by the security forces, the LTTE had about 30,000 trained cadres before the “decisive phase” of the war in May.

Pathmanathan, who proclaimed himself the ‘successor’ of slain Tamil Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhkaran, was shedding light on the remaining infrastructure on the rebels, he said.
Pathamanathan was being interrogated by Sri Lankan officials at an undisclosed location. “We now have Pathmanathan with us. We were then able to understand their (LTTE) plans and got to know the information on their local and international organisations,” Rajapaksa told the gathering.

Law enforcement officials here said Sri Lanka continued to maintain a close watch on possible terrorist-related and other illegal and criminal activities on the country’s coast lines. It has also strengthened its surveillance network along the coast, they said.

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