Prabhakaran death: endless rumour mills at work
Chennai, 21 May (Asiantribune.com): The endless rumor mills keep churning that the death of the LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, is not true. Whereas the Sri Lankan army placed on record through internationally broadcast images of his body. His whereabouts is still a big question mark for many in Tamil Nadu. Many kinds of theory is being floated here. If two meet or call on phones, this first question being asked: is it true that Prabhakaran is killed?
Tamilnet.com, which prides itself in reporting to the world on Tamil affairs on the Internet, is still on a denial mode, “rejecting Colombo’s claim of the killing of LTTE leader V. Pirapaharan (which is how Jaffna Tamils spell and pronounce his name) and assuring his safety and well-being.”
Even the pro-LTTE leaders in Tamil Nadu are yet to come out with an eulogy on Prabhakaran. The TN Chief Minister Karunanidhi has also not come out with his ode on Prabhakaran. He had penned one on Tamilselvan, close aide of Prabhakaran when he died during an army attack. “The news is not confirmed. I have nothing to say on this issue,” he said in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The Sri Lankan Tamils Protection Movement (SLTPM) convener Pazha. Nedumaran said it was a Sri Lankan lie. “LTTE chief Prabhakaran is not killed. There is no truth in the pictures released by the Sri Lankan Army,” he added.
He also said the SLTPM would organize the pro-Eelam rally, in a big way, on May 21, Thursday, as announced earlier. When asked to clarify on the visuals of Prabhakaran’s body, released by the Sri Lankan Army he denied the reports on the death of LTTE chief Prabhakaran.
The MDMK leader Vaiko on Tuesday appealed to his party cadres not to pay heed to any of the rumors on LTTE chief Prabahakaran. In a statement issued in Chennai he said LTTE leader Prabhakaran is very much alive.
“Our MDMK cadre Prakasam in Cuddalore has tried to immolate himself. It is my request to my party men, please don’t believe the news broadcasted and published by the media. LTTE leader Prabhakaran is alive,” he said in the statement.
The PMK leader S.Ramadoss said yesterday that Prabhakaran was still alive. “But Chief Minister Karunanidhi would be shocked to know this,” said.
The LTTE’s international relations head Selvarasa Pathmanathan said that the LTTE supremo was still alive. “Our beloved leader is alive and safe. He will continue to lead the quest for dignity and freedom of the Tamil people.”
BBC also raised the possibility of a look-alike double being shown in TV clippings.
CBI enquiry on fact-finding mission
What people feel here is if the pro-LTTE leaders can say so emphatically that Prabhakaran is still alive, why not the Central government institute a CBI enquiry to find the truth of the matter, and ask the leaders to divulge information known to them. So that the true information is available to all.
The two envoys the Central government has sent today to Colombo— National security Advisor M.K.Narayanan and Foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon– should besides taking up issues like devolution of powers to Tamils in the island and their immediate rehabilitation, also try to settle the dust on the rumor mills.
-Asian Tribune –