by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
Former LTTE political commissar Suppiah Paramu Thamilselvan’s family has been given a taste of freedom under a restricted release order.
Thamilselvan’s widow & two children had been kept under protective custody for nearly two years at a chalet in the Panagoda army cantonment.
The family had surrendered to the military in May 2009 after fleeing with other civilians from the Mullivaaikkaal area under LTTE control.
After identifying themselves to authorities the family was placed in a special detention camp at Vavuniya for LTTE members &their families.
From the detention camp Thamilselvan’s widow Sasirekha established contact with ex- eastern LTTE commander Muraleetharan alias”Col”Karuna.
Due to Karuna’s efforts the family was removed from the detention camp&housed at Panagadoa cantonment chalet under protective custody.
Thamilselvan’s wife Sasirekha is a former LTTE woman fighter whose nom de guerre was Isaichelvi.Her family hails from Chulipuram in Jaffna.
The two children are a 12 year old daughter Alaimagal (daughter of waves)& a 08 year old son Oliventhan (son of light).
The family was allowed to maintain “supervised”contact with close relatives.They were able to meet relatives with security personnel present.
The family is now free from military custody under a restricted release order to live in a particular locality subject to certain conditions.
The restricted release was chiefly to enable the two children to attend school.The family cannot go beyond a certain area without permission.
Sasirekha has been barred from having links with LTTE elements in the Tamil Diaspora or play any role in propagating her late husband’s name.
The release of Thamilselvan’s family was due to efforts made by ex-LTTE chief Selvarasah Pathmanathan alias KP who is also in govt custody.
KP has been cooperating with authorities to bring about normalcy & secure release&rehabilitation of ex-LTTE cadres through a gradual process.
Thamilselvan family was given a restricted release under this new scheme. More LTTE families under detention are likely to be released soon
Thamilselvan was killed in his sleep on November 2nd 2007 at Kilinochchi when the bunker he was in was bombed by the Sri Lankan Air Force (This is a bundle of tweets posted on Twitter by DBS Jeyaraj)