Four LTTE extortionists who worked hand in glove with the recently arrested senior activist of the group Mutusamy Ilangkowan, were arrested in a Colombo lodge by the Mutwal police a few days ago.
Investigations revealed that the foursome, all in their youth, had abducted a number of Tamil businessmen in the South to extort money for the LTTE. They had worked together with Ilangkowan, a leading fund raiser for the group and a close associate of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.
The Inspector of Police, arrested in Akkaraipattu last Sunday, was a close associate of the abduction and extortion gang. He had helped the LTTE to plant claymore mines and was paid Rs 1.5 million for exploding a mine. In one instance he had given information about an unexploded claymore mine to the police expecting a reward, but it was he himself who had planted the mine near the police quarters at Maligawatte in Colombo. That mine had failed to explode, police sources said.
Police are on the lookout for this IP s close associates. One of them is said to be the suicide bomber who killed himself in Mutwal last week. The IP s personal diary is being scrutinized by investigators to find his close associates.
The LTTE had trained 17 youths recently to spy on military officials and politicians. Only two had been sent to Colombo. One of them, Vijayan, exploded himself at Mutwal last week when Police closed in on him.
At the same time, another terrorist suspect, arrested at Grandpass, had told the Police about the Inspector who had helped the LTTE. This particular IP was at the Maligawatte Police Station and was transferred to the Kalutara Police Training School. He had gone to Akkaraiapattu to attend courts when he was arrested.
Ilangkovan has revealed to investigators the identities and whereabouts of his associates working for the LTTE in Colombo.
Highly placed Police sources said that they hoped to arrest more suspects within the next few days.