LTTE suspect detained by Indian Coast Guard

cuffsThe Mandapam station of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has detained a Sri Lankan Tamil, suspected to be a militant of the now defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

A. Arul Jayarathinam alias Rajan (41) of Mullaiteevu was stranded in the third islet in the Gulf of Mannar when ICG personnel who were on routine patrolling detained him on Tuesday, The Hindu newspaper reported.

Preliminary inquiries revealed that he had served in the militant organisation and reached the islet clandestinely on Monday night.

Jayarathinam told the Coast Guard officials that he fled from his native village fearing harassment by the Sri Lankan armed forces. (Colombo Gazette)