Aug 07, Colombo: The new LTTE leader Kumaran Padmanadan alias KP has been arrested by the Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities in Bangkok, the Sri Lankan military announced a short while ago.
KP, the Most Wanted terrorist for the International Police (Interpol) on two warrants was the arms procurement agent for the LTTE. He was evading international law enforcement authorities and reportedly hiding in Thailand.
KP took the leadership of the LTTE after the death of its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Prabhakaran was killed by the Sri Lankan security forces in the final battle in May.
Pathmanathan alias KP was an international arms smuggler who procured massive loads of weapons worth billions of dollars for the terrorist organization that ravaged a deadly war for 30 years. He was involved in arms smuggling operations across Asia, Canada, US and Europe.
After the death of Prabhakaran and the Sri Lankan government wiped out the LTTE in the country, KP rallied the support of Tamil Diaspora in Western countries and took the reins as their leader claiming to continue the struggle politically.