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Velupillai Prabhakaran

About Velupillai Prabhakaran

Velupillai Prabhakaran (Born: November 26, 1954 at Velvettithurai, Jaffna region, Sri Lanka - May 17/18, 2009) is the chief of Sri Lankan militant group called Liberation Tigers for Tamil Ealam (LTTE).

Personal Biography

Prabhakaran speaks English, Singhalese and Tamil.

Prabhakaran is often spotted with hair combed back and has a stout build. However, he is reported to use disguise.


As per intial media reports, Prabhakaran could be dead after about 150 dead bodies are found. Sri Lankan authorities claim LTTE supporters have committed mass suicide. The Sri Lankan army claimed Prabhakaran is dead. His dead body is reported to have been taken to a army camp in Columbo. However military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara in a phone interview to a major global Businesswire did not confirm about his death and about the body capture but said Prabhakaran's status is 'unknown' and that he might be still hiding in Mullaitivu district.

Prabhakaran is reported to have been shot dead while trying to flee government troops on May 17, 2009. However few hours later, a senior defence official said that no official report is released leading to confusion. Even the official LTTE website too claimed he is still alive. However, few hours later the Sri Lankan government confirmed the death of Prabhkaran and they had found the body of his son Charles Anthony as well.

On May 19, 2009, the Sri Lanka Army Commander Sarath Fonseka has confirmed that the body of Prabhakaran was indeed found by the 53 Division troops led by Major General Kamal Goonarathne giving a confirmation about his death. The report said that his bullet hit body is confirmed by former LTTE leaders Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan and Daya Master. However, LTTEs International Relations head S. Pathmanathan said Prabhakaran is still alive and healthy and that he is not dead as claimed by the Lankan Army. Few days later, LTTE however acknowledge the death of Prabhakaran on May 24, 2009. Two of his former aides confirmed the body of Prabhakaran with the help of his birth marks & scars

Professional Biography

Armed training

Prabhakaran is well versed of using sophesticated weaponary and explosives and has practised immense army training.

As LTTE Chief

Prabhakaran is the founder chief of the Tamil New Tigers (TNT). The group was formed in support for ethinic Tamils living in the region. Prabhakaran says the Tamils face discrimination at the hands of the successive Sri Lankan governments and that a seperate state for them is the solution. The TNT was renamed to LTTE on May 5, 1976. LTTE with an aim of forming a seperate Tamil state comprising of the Tamil state in the North and the Eastern part of Sri Lanka.


Sri Lankan Military sources said many times that Prabhakaran is operating out of India. With the army getting more control over Prabhakaran's region during 2009, he is reported to have fled to Malaysia or Thailand. In fact the Malaysian police are put on alert of his possible escape to the country.

Criminal activities

Prabhakaran is on the wanted list of Interpol since 1991 on charges of terrorism, murder, organized crime and terrorism conspiracy. The Madras High Court has issued a death warrant for his involvement in the assasination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in May 1991. Judge Ambepitiya issued an open warrant in 2002 for his arrest in connection with the 1996 Central Bank Bombing. He is found guilty on 51 counts and is sentenced to 200 years in prison.

Ready for suicide

Prabhakaran, list most other Tamil Tigers, always carries cyanide capsules around their necks to take them and commit suicide in the event of capture.

Velupillai Prabhakaran in News

Jayalalithaa writes to PM, urges him to back UN resolution on Sri Lanka
Tamil Nadu Chief Nadu Jayalalithaa on Wednesday informed that she has written two letters to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and urged him to support United Nations (UN) resolution against war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Government yet to take stand on UN resolution on Sri Lanka: Krishna
Union External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Wednesday informed Parliament that India is yet take a stand on the US-initiated draft resolution on 'Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka' at the ongoing 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Ruckus in Rajya Sabha over Sri Lankan war crimes issue
The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday witnessed disruption after an opposition uproar over Sri Lankan war crimes issue.

LTTE recruited young children in fight against Sri Lankan army, claims official
Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels recruited children as young as 14 years to take part in final defences against government forces, a former senior official has revealed.

Grave of LTTE chief's mother 'desecrated' by leaving dead dogs at site
The cremation ground of late Tamil Tiger chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran's mother has been desecrated by the leaving of the dead bodies of three shot dogs at the site, relatives have claimed.

Slain LTTE leader Prabhakaran's mother passes away in Sri Lanka
The mother of V. Prabhakaran, the founder and leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), passed away in a Jaffna hospital on Sunday morning.

Lives of Lankan Tamils still the same, says Chennai based lawyer
A Chennai-based lawyer who was recently arrested in Sri Lanka for visiting the northern part of the island nation without permission from Colombo, has said that there is no truth to the claim that Sri Lankan Tamils are leading a normal life almost a year after the conclusion of the civil war.

'Appeasing Tamil flood victims best chance for Sri Lanka to improve maligned image'
In the wake of the recent floods in parts of the country, many political observers are of the opinion that the Sri Lankan Government could improve its image damaged by war crimes allegations, by undertaking reconciliation measures for the safety of the Tamil minorities in the country.

LTTE apologises for Rajiv Gandhi's killing
Pathmanathan, known to be close to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader V Prabhakaran has said that he wanted to apologise for Prabhakaran's mistake in getting former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassinated.

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