President Premadasa offered arms to LTTE – Karuna
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
The late President Ranasinghe Premadasa offered 5,000 weapons, 10 million ammunition rounds and cash to the LTTE that was fighting the Indian Peace Keeping Force ( IPKF), Tamil United Freedom Party (TUFP) Leader and former LTTE militant Vinyagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman told a leading Tamil radio, recently.
He said, during that time, the LTTE had a limited number of militants to fight the IPKF.
He added, even the JVP killed nearly 80,000 civilians. “I did not say that I killed, but that was the history of the war which I quoted but it was taken out of context and used by the UNP for political gains during the General Election,” he added.
Karuna also claimed that Tamil politicians of the likes of M.K. Sivajilingam, Selvam Adaikalanathan and R. Sampathan had spoken openly about Eelam as being the only solution. “I have the video clip of what they had said at the Pongu Tamil celebrations that were held several years back.”
Karuna also said whatever is said on a political stage does not warrant an arrest. “It is understood in war that there is death and sacrifice and we should respect those who sacrificed their lives, be it anyone,” he noted. He also confirmed that Bhanu had led the battle at the Elephant Pass and hoisted the LTTE flag at the end. When questioned about him addressing the slain LTTE Leader as the national leader (Thesiya Thalaivar), he said he had spoken thus because Prabhakaran led a group and had also sacrificed his life in a war and that this should be respected. “The President allowed the Tamil people to light oil lamps on the death anniversary of war heroes,” he noted.