Malaysian authorities are investigating the role of Indian political leader Senthamizhan Seeman in promoting the cause of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) here.
If need be, the film director cum actor could be banned from entering the country, Bukit Aman Counter Terrorism chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay told a recent press conference.
"We will investigate and see how deep is his role in channelling funds to LTTE or promoting the terror group," Ayob was quoted saying in news reports.
Seeman, a devout follower of LTTE and its founder Velupillai Prabhakaran, had reportedly made numerous trips to Malaysia and had meetings with local politicians, to pool support to resume the struggles of the now-defunct LTTE.
Seeman, whose directorial ventures include films lik Panchalankurichi, Thambi, Iniyavale, ad Anandham, have also starred in several films.
He is now the chief coordinator of the Tamil nationalist party Naam Tamilar Katchi in Tamil Nadu, India. Prabhakaran's pictue can be found in all the party's events.
So far, Malaysian police have arrested 12 men, including two DAP assemblypersons, for suspected links with the LTTE.
Meanwhile, Seeman is also under probe in Tamil Nadu over a recent political speech against former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Dubbing Rajiv as an "enemy of Tamilians", Seeman reportedly glorified the former's assassination by suicide bombing, by the LTTE in 1991.
"Yes, we killed Rajiv Gandhi. That is right. A time will come when history is rewritten.
"It will say that Rajiv Gandhi, who set Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF in Sri Lanka) to sell-out and kill my people, was murdered in the motherland of Tamilians," he was quoted saying by The News Minute.
Following a complaint lodged on the matter, the Villupuram police are probing Seeman under multiple sections.
The LTTE was embroiled in a civil war with the Sri Lankan army for almost three decades, in its quest for an independent Tamil state in the north and east of the country.
It is listed as a terrorist organisation in dozens of countries.
The Sri Lankan military defeated the LTTE in 2009, ending the civil war.
Source: The Star, The News Minute
Photo source: Wikipedia, Astro Awani
Tue Oct 15 2019
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