LTTE Phrabhakaran's Father THiruvenkadam Velupillai Dead

Thiruvekkadam Velupillai, the father of LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, died last night. The 86yrs old Velupillai, along with his wife, has been living in military protection ever since the defeat of the rebel LTTE in May last year.

The government has supported that they had been kept in good conditions. He was suffering from paralysis and other old age-related problems. Arrangements were made for him to seek treatment in national hospitals on several occasions, defense spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said.

Even Though his son led a violent 25-year campaign for creating a separate homeland for minority Tamils in the north and east, Prabhakaran's father served in the Sri Lankan government for 39 years, Started his career as a clerk at the Ceylon Government Railways in 1943.He got several promotions, retiring as Land Officer of the Land Settlement Department in 1982.

The LTTE leader's parents, who were allegedly living in a welfare camp in Vavuniya with the relatives of other LTTE leaders, were found by the security forces after the annihilation of the rebel outfit in the military operation. Prabhakaran was killed by the military in Nanthikadal lagoon in Mullaitivu on May 18 last year.

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