Velupillai Prabhakaran (November 26, 1954 – May 19, 2009) was the founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the LTTE or the Tamil Tigers), a militant organization that sought to create an independent Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka. For over 25 years, the LTTE waged a violent secessionist campaign in Sri Lanka that led to it being designated a terrorist organization by 32 countries.Prabhakaran was wanted by Interpol for terrorism, murder, organized crime and terrorism conspiracy.He also had arrest warrants against him in Sri Lanka and India.
On May 5, 1976, the TNT was renamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), commonly known as the Tamil Tigers.Religion was not a major factor in his philosophy or ideology, but the LTTE was characterized as anti-Buddhist.Prabhakaran himself was a lapsed Methodist. The LTTE was also an organization that did not cite any material from religion or religious texts in any of its ideological documents and propaganda but were driven only by the idea of Sri Lankan Tamil nationalism. They focused on this single-minded approach and inspiration toward the attainment of an independent Tamil Eelam.
Prabhakaran’s source of inspiration and direction was Sri Lankan Tamil nationalism. His stated and ultimate ideal was to get Tamil Eelam recognised as a nation as per the U.N. Charter that guarantees the right of a people to political independencewhich has been given in their official web page. The LTTE also proposed the formation of an Interim Self Governing Authority during Peace Negotiations in 2003. Former Tamil guerrilla and later turned politician Dharmalingam Sithadthan, has remarked that “his dedication to the cause of the Tamil Eelam was unquestionable, he was the only man in Sri Lanka who could decide if there should be war or peace.”Prabhakaran is popularly also called as Karikalan for his braveness and also for his administration (Karikalan refers to a famous Chola king who ruled around 270 CE.)
When the Sri Lankan military advanced into LTTE territory, Prabakaran and his top leadership retreated into Mullaithivu, which became the rebels’ last stronghold. Early reports indicated that Prabakaran was killed by rocket attack while trying to flee the conflict zone in a captured ambulance and his body was badly burned. After the pro-rebel Tamilnet claimed that he was alive, his body was shown on national TV.According to later reports, his body was found in the adjoining Nandikathal lagoon north of Vellamullivaikkal near Mullaithivu. Prabakaran’s identity was confirmed by Karuna Amman, his former confidant, and through DNA testing against his son’s genetic material who had been killed earlier by the Sri Lanka Military.Circumstantial evidence suggested that his death was caused by massive head trauma, perhaps due to a shot at close range. There are also allegations that he was executed.The Sri Lankan army claimed to have found his body in a lagoon. The Sri Lankan army released pictures and videos of what they claimed was Prabhakaran’s body lying on a stretcher, surrounded by soldiers. The corpse was dressed in Prabhakaran’s uniform, had Prabhakaran’s appearance, and had a large bullet wound in its forehead, suggesting that he was killed by a gunshot to the head.
On May 18, 2009, the Sri Lankan Government announced that Prabhakaran had been killed while trying to escape advancing Sri Lanka Army troops in the north of the country.The next day, his body was shown on Sri Lankan media,and a week later Tamil Tiger spokesman Selvarasa Pathmanathan, admitted that Prabhakaran had died on May 17.
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