Tamil refugees believe Prabhakaran still alive

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Coimbatore, May 21 (ANI): Though the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran's dead body was shown all over media channels on Tuesday by Sri Lanka Army, many Tamil refugees in the State don't accept that he is dead.

The refugees are not willing to subscribe to the Sri Lankan Government's view that Prabhakaran has been killed.

Thousands of Srilankan refugees in Coimbatore still believe that Prabhakaran is alive and safe. Many of these people even say it's nothing but computer trick on graphics and plastic surgery.

"We are upset by reports of Prabhakaran's death. We are very much upset hearing all this for the past three days. We are sure our leader is not dead. He is the only one to fight for our rights. If he is not alive, there is no life for Tamil people in Sri Lanka. We all will be orphans. We are confident that a separate Eelam will settle us one day. In past 37 years he has faced many number of troops and nobody can destroy him. The news that the troops have killed our leader is a false campaign. He is still alive. He will get us a separate Ezlam state and for this only we are waiting here," said Indrani, one of the refugees.

Many of these refugees allege that the story has been spread by the Sri Lanka government for publicity.

"We don't believe that our leader is dead. Something has been done to the body shown yesterday with plastic surgery and termed it Prabhakaran's body. We are very much sure that when we go to our motherland, our leader Prabhakaran will welcome us. We will not go to our motherland on the invitation of Sri Lankan President Rajapakse. Earlier also, many a times such stories ave been floated about our leader by Sri Lankan government," said UdayaRaja, another refugee.

"We know the face of Prabhakaran. We had just came from Sri Lanka three years before only," said Deepa, another refugee.

"We are confident that Prabhakaran is alive Hundreds of refugees offered special prayer in churches for safe and good health of Prabhakaran," said another refugee.

Many refugees are hopeful that Prabhakaran will invite them to the motherland with a separate Tamil Eelam state. They put up some posters which were torn off by the local police and warned the refugees against doing any such thing.

"We are confident that he is alive and to show this to the people today we fixed a banner of Prabhakaran's image saying "Prabhakaran is alive". Suddenly the police entered into our amp and damaged the banner and warned us not to fix any banners like this. We told them that he is our leader and why shouldn't we put a banner for our leader," said Pulendran, another Sri Lankan refugee. By Jehovah. G (ANI)

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