Alarm as aid convoy with LTTE supremo’s pix arrives in Kerala
The police in Kottayam, Kerala were alarmed as a caravan of trucks bearing flags similar to that of the Tamil armed group LTTE arrived with flood relief material. Indian website Manorama Online said.
The website added that the vehicle had a banner with the picture of late LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, who was killed in the final day of fighting in the surroundings of Nandikadal lagoon in Muaitivu in May 2009.
The policemen questioned those travelling in the vehicles and sent them back as police identified the group as members of the Tamil nationalist party Naam Tamilkar Katchi (NTK) headed by Seeman, a filmmaker and an actor from Tamil Nadu.
The NTK members had off-loaded relief materials at the Armed Reserve Police Camp in Kottayam town on August 25 evening, prompting several officials including the Additional District Magistrate to reach the spot.
They were questioned in detail at Kottayam East police station. They revealed that they had earlier distributed relief materials at camps in Idukki and Munnar last week.
The activists, who were from Madurai, Theni, Kambam and Kumily, had arrived here in 25 vehicles loaded with relief materials. Though the materials they delivered were examined by the bomb detection and disposal squad and sniffer dogs, nothing suspicious were found. Food items were later sent for tests.