Sunday, April 13, 2008


Surrendered LTTE militants want to leave country

Jaffna (PTI): The LTTE militants and sympathisers who have surrendered are putting pressure on the Sri Lankan government to arrange for overseas jobs for them, fearing assassination at the hands of the Tamil Tigers for having deserted the outfit.

"We always fear for our life by the LTTE though we have been put up in well guarded buildings," the former LTTE activists told a group of journalists here recently.
One of them even threatened to commit suicide if he was not sent out of the camp soon for a job abroad. "My family is managing by selling our remaining ornaments. We cannot last long. I have seven dependents. If I am not given an overseas job along with a air ticket you may find me hanging," a former Tiger rebel said.

According to officials some of them were in a mentally disturbed state, after having worked under tough and hostile conditions for the Tigers. Some of the former LTTE sympathisers in the camp who interacted with the reporters also desired to go abroad quickly so that they could settle down. The government is arranging for an employment orientation programme for the 54 surrendered activists, a senior military official said, adding, "this would include courses of motor mechanics and other jobs".

A committee under the supervision of the President's office will be monitoring the programme for providing foreign jobs for the surrendered LTTE activists, an official said. The funds are also being arranged for training purposes, the official said adding the tenure of the orientation would vary from six months to one year.

[Source: The Hindu]

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