Karunanidhi seeks Centre’s intervention to save Lankan TamilsMay 18th, 2009 - 9:24 pm ICT by ANI
Chennai, May 18 (ANI): Hours later the Sri Lankan Army claimed that it has won the final battle in a separatist conflict seen as one of the world’s most intractable wars, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday sought Central Government’s intervention to ensure the safety of those trapped in the conflict zone.
“We want the safety of the remaining Tamils and stressing this, I have spoken to Union Home minister P. Chidambaram in this regard,” Karunanidhi said at a press conference here.
Prabhakaran’s reported death comes shortly after soldiers stumbled upon the bodies of several key LTTE leaders, including his son Charles Anthony, who headed the group’s IT wing and was being groomed to take over his father’s mantle.
The deaths sparked frenzied celebrations in the capital Colombo and large parts of the Sinhalese populated central and southern provinces as people poured out of their homes, waved national flags and distributed sweets.
Prabhakaran founded the LTTE in 1976 and built it into an awesome military machine that at one point controlled a third of Sri Lanka’s land territory and two-thirds of its coastline. (ANI)
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