Keheliya says India aware of LTTE threat

The government says the extension of the ban on the LTTE by India last week shows the Indians are well aware of the threat posed by remnants of the rebels.

Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram announced last week that India has extended the ban on the rebels, also known as the LTTE, by another two years

“Militarily on the ground the Tigers are finished after we defeated them three years ago but Tamil Tiger remnants active overseas still pose a threat and India is well aware of that,” Government spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told the Colombo Gazette.

The LTTE was first outlawed in India in 1992 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, a year after the rebels assassinated former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Since then, the ban has been extended every two years and remains in force despite the military defeat of the rebels in May 2009.

Rambukwella said that even in Sri Lanka measures will be taken to ensure that remnants of the rebel outfit do not attempt to create instability, especially in the north and east of the country.

He insisted that key military installations in the north and east will remain in place owing to national security. (Colombo Gazette)