12:31 PM

Seven Tamil gang members convicted in London

Seven members of a Sri Lankan Tamil gang led by a heinous criminal named Psycho who by using a Samurai type sword left another Tamil man’s profusely bleeding hand hanging from his wrist were convicted by a criminal court of the Old Bailey.

Judge Richard Hawkins QC said sentencing will be done July 18 after deliberations to decide whether the Tamil gang members are so dangerous to be locked up indefinitely.

In this case 21-year-old Senthurrajah "Psycho" Thavapalasingham , a Sri Lankan Tamil with his other gang members of the East Ham Gang were accused of cutting another Tamil named Arulmurugan Sebamalai, 23, and leaving his hand hanging from his wrist, among other crimes like unlawful assembly.

The victims and his other friends, who were members of another Tamil gang named DMX , the court was told , ambushed by Psycho’s East ham Gang while the former were on their way to play cricket, about two years ago in an East London Tamil suburb.

Sabesan Sivaneswaran, 19, a factory worker; jobless Santosh Panthaplavil Sasidharan, 24; Selvarajah Mayuran, 28, a salesman; Arumugan Paratheeban, 24, a student, and Edward Jaganathan, 26, a salesman, were also convicted of crimes of violence in this trial which, started three months ago.

12:29 AM

A Black Tiger and the LTTE Handler arrested in Colombo

The Special Police Team arrested on 20th September Sstanisloas Kowananan, a dangerous Black Tiger terrorist operative in Wellawatte, Colombo. He is said to be from Trincomalee. The Special Police team also recovered C4 high power explosives nine and half kilos, one and half kilos of steel balls, detonators, batteries and chargers. These ingredients, the devil-mixed, were used for the manufacture of all types of bombs, such as belt bombs used by suicide cadres, time bombs and other type of bombs exploded by remote controls, said a Sri Lanka Army explosive expert.

After the arrest, the police interrogated the suspected Black Tiger activist and he revealed that he used to manufacture many types of bombs and those bombs were used for exploding in and around Colombo city. According to him, those bombs were manufactured in a shop in the first floor of a super market in Kotahena. He also added that this shop was the secret hideouts and used to give shelter in the night time to suicide cadres who arrived in Colombo on special assignments.
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This shop according to the arrested person is owned by an LTTE ‘Master Minder’, who earlier worked as a Director of the Film Corporation. It is said that he rented this shop purely to manufacture bombs and for other clandestine activities.

The arrested LTTE cadre said that he used to go to this shop early morning to take care of the manufacture bombs and other clandestine activities. He said that after entering the shop, he used to keep it closed, so that it would look as if though the shop remains closed to outside world. According to him he used to enter the shop early morning with food and other requirements and leave quietly in the evening. Police spokesperson said that this shop was also the main centre to distribute bombs.