22 October, 2020

LTTE Global Chief Has Not Talked

K. Pathmanathan can offer vital clues in the plot to kill Rajiv. The MDMA only chases his shadow.

The elusive Kumaran Pathmanathan, alias KP, a key LTTE leader wanted by India
Photograph by The Hindu
LTTE Global Chief Has Not Talked

Twenty-five years after former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated, the Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA)—which was set up to tie together the loose ends in the investigations and probe the wider conspiracy angle—is not sure of its own existence.

Functioning since 1998 at the taxpayers’ expense, the MDMA is awaiting extension orders from the ministry of home affairs (MHA). The functioning of MDMA is clearly not a priority for the government, as the agency has failed to make any headway in the high-profile political assassination case. The main focus of the MDMA has been the role of Sri Lankan national Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, a key LTTE member, who was supposed to have been the main financier and arms procurer for the organisation. He headed the arms procurement wing and ‘international secretariat’ of the LTTE. In fact, his followers had even claimed that KP was appointed head of the LTTE by Prabhakaran before he was killed.

Curiously, even though Pathmanathan is wanted in India on charges of criminal...



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