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NIA charges against the 14th accused linked to LTTE in Tamil film industry

(News Trust of India) : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has recently submitted a supplemental chargesheet in the case relating the resurgence of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka and India. This chargesheet lists Lingam A, commonly known as Adilingam, as the 14th accused. Adilingam, who worked as a production executive in the Tamil film business, has been involved in trying to resuscitate the proscribed terrorist group through illegal operations such as narcotics and guns trade.

According to the NIA, Adilingam played a vital role in facilitating the illegal trade of narcotic drugs and arms, hence boosting LTTE’s activities. He allegedly functioned as an agent for the collecting of hawala money earned from the sale of narcotics, which was then used to fund LTTE operations.

The chargesheet reveals information on Adilingam’s clandestine involvement with major LTTE officials, including Gunasekaran and his son Thilipan, both of whom are Sri Lankan citizens. Despite his seemingly legal career in the film industry, Adilingam acted as a crucial operative for LTTE commanders, cadres, and drug smugglers.

This development follows the NIA’s previous chargesheet issued on June 15, 2023, against 13 individuals suspected of plotting to carry out terrorist operations and drug trafficking in various parts of Tamil Nadu and the Indian Ocean. The inquiry, launched by the NIA’s Kochi Branch after intercepting a major consignment in 2021, discovered the involvement of numerous individuals in these criminal activities.

Nine of the accused from the aforementioned case are currently on trial, emphasizing the seriousness with which Indian authorities are tackling the rebirth of LTTE and its associated criminal activities. As the judicial proceedings continue, the NIA remains committed to dismantling terrorist networks and maintaining national security.

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