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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 109

LTTE a killed and abducted Indian Fishermen: “Their denial not strong and convincing” - DGP Mukherjee

Chennai, 04 May, (Asiantribune.com): Tamil Nadu Police disclosed that that the 12 fishermen reported to be missing since March 4 are still in the custody of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and not convinced of the denial by the Sri Lanka’s Tamil outfit. The Tamil Nadu Police Chief D. Mukherjee speaking to "Asian Tribune" told that LTTE’s ‘denial was not a strong and convincing one Tamil Nadu Police chief said that LTTE also has told that they will check it up with their formations. He added that he is waiting for their positive response.D.Mukherjee  said that  according to the statement made by Bony Bass, one of the six  Sea Tigers, the 12 abducted fishermen are still in the custody of the LTTE.D.Mukherjee said that according to the statement made by Bony Bass, one of the six Sea Tigers, the 12 abducted fishermen are still in the custody of the LTTE.

In the meantime Mukherjee added, “I have already informed my government (Tamil Nadu State Government) to take up the matter with the centre.”

He further added according to the statement made by Bony Bass, one of the six Sea Tigers, the 12 abducted fishermen are still in the custody of the LTTE.

Earlier the Indian Coast Guard intercepted and captured the vessel 'Maria' when it was found drifting in the Indian waters on April 11 and arrested its crew of Indian and Sri Lankan nationalities.

The Sri Lankans arrested in the vessel ‘Maria’ were Robinson, Bony Bass, Arul, Selvakumar, Ravikumar and Gnanathas. They were transferred to Tamil Nadu police custody on April 20 and the matter was investigated afresh by 'Q' Branch CID, a unit of the state police that specializes in extremist-related violence. After sustained interrogation, it found that all six were members of the Sea Tigers, the police chief revealed.

The investigation revealed that Robinson was the group leader of the six member sea Tiger unit arrested in the Tiger vessel ‘Maria,’ and Bony Bass the deputy.

According to Mukherjee, the Tigers were transferring arms and ammunition from one of their vessels to smaller boats to be taken ashore when it developed an engine trouble and began drifting towards Indian waters. Some Indian fishermen came across the Sea Tigers, who jettisoned their cargo into the sea and sought the fishermen's help. In the meantime, a Coast Guard ship in the vicinity spotted the Tiger vessel ‘Maria’ and seized all of them.

In the beginning the arrested Sea Tigers accepted that they were Sri Lankan Tamils. But during the investigation by the Q Branch Police they confessed the truth.

The Sea Tigers admitted under questioning that the same vessel 'Maria' was involved in the March 29 firing, but that the killers were different.

They revealed that prior to the shooting incident, 12 Indian fishermen had been abducted along with their boat by the Sea Tigers on March 4. The Indian craft had put out to sea from Sakthikulankeni in Kollam district of Kerala on March 4, and men are still missing.

During the investigation Bony Bass admitted that his colleague Thirimeni from the Kokkupidichan LTTE camp located inside Arippu, Mannar told when he contacted him over satellite phone that the abducted 12 Indians were safe.

In the meantime Robinson said that he has requested his colleagues to free those Indian fishermen without any harassment. It was the Sea Tiger Group led by Manaalan that was involved in the shooting down of the four Indian fishermen, Robinson said.

According to Tamil Nadu Police Chief, Q branch police allowed Robinson and Bony Bass to contact Kokkupidichan LTTE camp. Then it was confirmed that the 12 Indian fishermen are kept in that LTTE camp only.

It is further learnt as the issue of shooting and abducting the Indian fishermen has become a serious issue and LTTE leadership summoned Manaalan and questioned him.

‘Asian Tribune’ learnt that Tiger leadership wanted to release the 12 abducted Indian Fishermen and end this issue. But according to some reliable sources,
some important peoples have advised the Tigers in case they release these fishermen, they may loose the support base in the Tamil Nadu.

- Asian Tribune -

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