`8 LTTE ships being used by ex-rebels` international network`

Ships belonging to the LTTE are still being used for illegal activities by its remaining international network, the Sri Lankan government said.

Last Updated: Jan 07, 2011, 00:33 AM IST

Colombo: Ships belonging to the LTTE are
still being used for illegal activities by its remaining
international network, the Sri Lankan government said on Thursday.

Dinesh Gunawardena, the Chief government whip
minister, informed parliament today that 11 ships have been
destroyed by the armed forces during the past.

At least 8 LTTE ships were still being used for
illegal activities by its remaining international network, the
government said.

The ships are registered under different names of
international orgnisations and are being used for illegal
activities such as human smuggling, the minister said.

"A ship named Eeshswari, which was used to smuggle
some Sri Lankans to Canada recently, is one of them, can be
stated as an example," he said.

Lankan authorities have already taken steps to curb
the LTTE activities overseas where remaining elements are
still active.

Amid fears that LTTE cadress may try to reunite after
the Sri Lankan forces crushed the rebels in May 2009, the
government continues to screen hundreds of former Tamil Tiger
fighters who are still in custody.

The LTTE waged a three-decade civil war for a separate
state for the Tamils of Sri Lanka, alleging discrimination
against the minority community at the hands of the majority
Sinhalas.

The Lankan military crushed the rebels and ended one
of the bloodiest ethnic conflicts in Asia that killed between
80,000 and 100,000 people.

PTI