Sri Lankan rebel leader's death conveyed to India

10:16, December 13, 2009      

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Sri Lanka has officially conveyed to New Delhi the confirmation of the death of Tamil Tiger rebels' leader Velupillai Prabakaran, a local radio station reported on Saturday.

Privately owned "Sirasa" radio quoted Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama as saying that documents on the confirmation had been sent through his ministry.

India had called for the extradition of both Prabakaran and Pottu Amman, the intelligence chief of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who led a 30-year campaign for a separate homeland for the minority Tamils in Sri Lanka's north and east.

Both were wanted by New Delhi for the 1991 assassination of former Indian Prime Minster Rajiv Gandhi.

The LTTE was angered by the presence of the Indian Army as a peace keeping force in the northeastern regions from 1987 and 1990.

The Indian troops were sent as per an agreement between Gandhi and the then Sri Lankan President Junius Jayawardene.

Although the Sri Lankan government issued pictures of the dead body of Prabakaran after the end of the war in May there was no such material made available on Amman who was said to be the mastermind of the Gandhi killing. 

Source: Xinhua
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