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Arms, drugs smuggling from Sri Lanka: 'LTTE revival', 'Pakistan connection' – NIA conducts raids in Tamil Nadu – Times Now

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National Investigation Agency

National Investigation Agency

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Chennai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on July 19 conducted searches at 22 locations of Tamil Nadu in the case of illegal activities of Sri Lankan drug mafia operated by C Gunashekharan and Pushparajah in association with Haji Salim, drugs and arms supplier based in Pakistan. The drugs and arms traffickers have been operating in India and Sri Lanka and working for the revival of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and to furthr its violent activities.

The searches were conducted at the premises of accused in Chennai, Tiruppur, Chengalpattu and Thiruchirappally districts.

The case was registered after the federal terror probe agency took suo moto cognisance on July 8, 2022 and filed case under Sections 120 B of IPC, sections 18, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of UA(P) Act besides section 8(C) read with sections 21(c), 23(c), 24, 27(A), 28, and 29 of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) Act.

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The NIA searches led to recovery and seizure of digital services and various incriminating documents.

The reports of attempts to revive LTTE is a cause of concern for the Indian establishment.

It may be noted that the nearly three-decade long armed conflict between Sri Lankan forces and the LTTE came to an end in May 2009. During the course of the conflict, India supported the right of the Government of Sri Lanka to act against terrorist forces. At the same time, it conveyed its deep concern at the plight of the civilian population, emphasising that their rights and welfare should not get enmeshed in hostilities against the LTTE.

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The NIA raids come at a time when Sri Lanka is facing its worst political and economic crisis.

As the island nation grapples with shortage of essential items, India has responded and sent a large humanitarian assistance consignment worth more than SLR 3 billion (over Rs 65,35,00,000) in June 2022.

The Tamil Nadu government had also promised to send a consignment of 40,000 MT of rice, 500 MT of milk powder and medicines.

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