UNP MP Sajith Premadasa says his father gave one group in the LTTE weapons in order to try and create a split in the LTTE.
Speaking to the BBC Sandeshiya, Sajith Premadas said that former President Ranasinghe Premadasa had given weapons to an LTTE click led by Mahattaya.
“There were allegations my father gave weapons to the LTTE. What my father did was give weapons to an LTTE click he could trust. The LTTE click led by Mahattaya was given weapons to strengthen them and create an uprising against Prabhakaran within the LTTE,” he said.
Gopalaswamy Mahendraraja also known as Mahattaya was eventually reportedly killed for leaking secrets to India’s RAW.
According to Wikipedia, Mahattaya, who joined the LTTE in 1978, became the deputy leader of the LTTE, and in 1989 he became the head of the short-lived People’s Front of Liberation Tigers, a political party founded by the LTTE.
Mahattaya was second in command at one time in the LTTE after Colonel Kittu who was originally second in command was killed during an encounter with the Indian Navy.
Wikipedia says Velupillai Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman found out that he was leaking information to India’s RAW. They were trying to make him the leader of LTTE. However he was relieved of both posts in 1992. In 1993, the LTTE took him into custody. He was executed on December 28, 1994 by the LTTE. (Colombo Gazette)