LTTE explains renegade’s revolt to Eastern cadres

[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 March 2004, 17:33 GMT]
In a statement issued Thursday, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has explained to its cadres and divisional heads in the Batticaloa-Amparai district about the ‘offenses’ of Mr. Vinayagomoorthy Muraleetharan, also known as Karuna, who was the LTTE’s commander for the district.

“In order to cover up his offenses, [Mr. Muraleetharan] has prevented the people of Batticaloa [-Amparai] and the cadres from meeting the National Leader nor did he allow them to communicate with him. Karuna's immoral conduct, fraudulent financial transactions and arbitrary assassinations were proved with substantial evidence and he was called for an inquiry," the statement said.

The LTTE said that Mr. Muraleetharan, who feared that the charges would be proved and disciplinary action taken against him, refused to comply with the Leadership's command and went on leveling false accusations against the Leadership.

In a warning to the cadres against staying close to Mr. Muraleetharan, the statement goes on to say, “[A]nybody who opposes disciplinary action against Karuna, will be considered as a traitor to the Tamil National cause. Based on the understanding that all the cadres enrolled themselves in the movement accepting the leadership of Mr. Veluppillai Prabaharan and that the parents entrusted their children on this basis, we request that the cadres who are with Karuna now, without knowing the truth, should abandon him."

The following is the full text of the statement:

“Dear fighters and Divisional Heads in Batticaloa-Amparai,

“It's time now that you realise the truth surrounding Karuna's actions that have brought disgrace to our soil and our martyrs, and take the correct stand. Karuna who was commander of Batticaloa-Amparai, in order to cover-up the offenses committed by him, is engaged in an attempt to create regional differences and fratricidal war.

“In order to cover up his offences, Karuna has prevented the people of Batticaloa and the cadres from meeting the National Leader nor did he allow them to communicate with him. Karuna's immoral conduct, fraudulent financial transactions and arbitrary assassinations were proved with substantial evidence and he was called for an inquiry. Karuna who feared that the charges would be proved and disciplinary action taken against him, refused to comply with the Leadership's command and went on levelling false accusations against the Leadership.

" In the presence of a few civilians and some cadres in "Meenagam" complex he proclaimed his decision to secede from the LTTE and that he would be the leader of the Eastern Province. He had prevailed upon the cadres not to take the oath of allegiance, a noble sentimental oath that has been, for years together, pronounced by thousands of martyrs and black tigers.

"Karuna has acted in disrespect to our national flag, one that embraces the mortal remains of our martyrs and worshipped by the Tamils all over the world. He has forced the cadres to break and burn the photographs of the National Leader. In his various interviews to the media, he has ridiculed Tamil nationalism. Karuna, for the benefit of his selfish motives, has developed intimacy with traitors and enemy commanders who were responsible for several assassinations and destructions in the Batticaloa-Amparai District. By setting on fire, national news papers that bring out the truth, Karuna has prevented the Batticaloa-Amparai people from knowing the truth.

“You all are aware that the above actions of Karuna are in violation of the disciplinary code that we all affirmed when we enrolled ourselves as fighters and are offences punishable under the said code. Our leader granted an amnesty which Karuna did not avail of. Deceiving the Batticaloa-Amparai people by instigating regionalism, Karuna is planning to continue his life in luxury.

"Our National Leadership is no more prepared to allow Karuna to cheat the people in Batticaloa-Amparai. Standing before the humanity today as an offender and a traitor, Karuna, in order to exculpate himself from the charges, is trying to make use of you as shield and as a result and make you all disposables. Please understand that the noble intention of our leader is that no single cadre should fall prey to this deceitful move.

“Making use of cadres and people who are not aware of the truth, Karuna is planning to betray the freedom struggle and our national spirit and thereby falling into the hands of traitors and enemies. The blood that was shed and the sacrifices made are being bartered by Karuna. To safeguard our nation and our people, it has been decided to get rid of Karuna from our soil.

“Our cadres should comprehend Karuna's treachery and keep away from him. Anybody who opposes disciplinary action against Karuna, will be considered as a traitor to the Tamil National cause. Based on the understanding that all the cadres enrolled themselves in the movement accepting the leadership of Mr. Veluppillai Prabaharan and that the parents entrusted their children on this basis, we request that the cadres who are with Karuna now, without knowing the truth, should abandon him. Our National Leader has granted permission to those cadres who abandon Karuna to go home and join their families.

“In spite of the above advice, if any of the cadres decide to arm in favour of Karuna, he/she would be deemed responsible for the consequences. The demise of such a cadre will not be with the honour of a martyr.

“Should freedom fighters of Tamil Eelam die for Karuna and his henchman to prosper? Those division heads who show allegiance to Karuna now, should think responsibly and distance themselves from Karuna and circumvent a historical blame.

“The heroic history of Batticaloa-Amparai should not get clouded with Karuna's treachery. Let us all work with commitment and unity so that we can raise our heads with pride and dignity.”


External Links:
LTTE Peace Secretariat: LTTE Peace Secretariat

 

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