Ambikai Satkunanathan; Terrorist Operator or Human Rights Activist?

By Maya Anthony

Ambikai Satkunanathan, a LTTE activist is masqueraded as a human rights lawyer. After her organization was dismantled, she played a covert role in trying to defame the security forces of Sri Lanka.

After LTTE was defeated in May 2009, Thivihan relocated to India. An LTTE leader in Germany Arabindan alias Irumporai flew into India and assisted Thivihan to reorganise the LTTE.

The LTTE cell led by Thivihan was assisted by Vijayakumar Ketheswaran, 19 from Kilinochchi. Hailing from a LTTE family, Ketheswaran’s father, a cooperative manager, transported equipment to LTTE airwing. After his uncle lost his foot accidentally to an LTTE mine served as an LTTE judge.

Vijayakumar Ketheswaran’s friend was Thatchayani, the daughter of Vinayagam of LTTE intelligence. From his house in Thiruvaiaru in Kilinochchi, he visited Vinayagam’s house in Kanahambihai Kulam in Kilinochchi. After the war ended Vinayagam traveled overseas and founded the LTTE headquarters group.

Ketheswaran was arrested in Kilinochchi in 2014.When released on bail, he also supported another terrorist attack in Odusuddan. After he was rearrested in 2018, the LTTE activist turned human rights activist Ambikai contacted Ketheswaran. Ambikai met Ketheswaran privately and asked him to find two girls in Civil Security Department (CSD). CSD employed former LTTE members. Determined to falsely accuse CSD, AmbIkai said to Ketheswaran, “You should get them to give a statement that CSD officers sexually harassed them.” As there were no such cases, Ketheswaran rejected her invitation.

Determined to help the LTTE revival, Ambikai Satkunanathan, is the chain that links most LTTE plots.
Dominic, a Tamil lawyer who had introduced Vijayakumar Ketheswaran to Ambikai Satkunanathan, also introduced him to TNPF, a separatist party led by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam.
In 2018, Ketheswaran joined TNPF as a candidate of TNPF but lost the election.

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