Nesan Shankar Raji, in the Sri Lanka Guardian, 5 March 2012, with title: “The truth behind TRRO Kandiah Kandasamy’s death“
There have been numerous publications in the media regarding the life and death of Kandiah Kandasamy who operated the Tamil Refugee’s Rehabilitation Organisation (TRRO) in Sri Lanka. He was also a founder member of what is presently known as the Tamil Information Centre (TiC) based in the United Kingdom. Having consulted with senior members within EROS now based in Sri Lanka and abroad and discussed this matter at length, we felt that it is important to set the record straight and highlight the truth and facts surrounding Kandiah Kandasamy’s death.
During the years of the Eelam struggle in Sri Lanka in the mid 80’s leading to the involvement of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), it was India’s intelligence agency R&AW who were solely responsible for ordering the abduction of Kandiah Kandasamy of the TRRO.
EROS was approached by New Delhi bigwigs and ordered to carry out this operation. R&AW claimed that Kandiah Kandasamy was working for America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and therefore wanted him bumped off. Senior members of EROS tried to reason with Kandiah Kandasamy in an attempt to save his life, but these warnings were ignored by Kandiah Kandasamy.
Following orders from R&AW EROS cadres carried out the abduction of Kandiah Kandasamy. He was never killed and the fact of the matter is that Kandaiah Kandasamy died as a result of a heart attack whilst being transported by EROS cadres. Not knowing what to do next, his body was dumped in a sewer which was a big mistake made on the part of EROS following instructions from R&AW. EROS has accepted and agreed that Kandiah Kandasamy’s body should never have been dumped and left that way leading to conspiracy theories that he was killed by EROS.
Even if EROS hadn’t listened to R&AW bigwigs in New Delhi via their Sri Lankan desk operative who now runs the South Asian Analysis Group (SAAG) think tank and carried out their instructions, Kandiah Kandasamy would have surely been abducted and killed by another group such as the ENDLF, who on the instructions of R&AW carried out a number of killings blaming it on the EPRLF.
The two EROS cadres who were responsible for abducting Kandiah Kandasamy are now based in Switzerland and France. The third person who accompanied the other two cadres who abducted Kandiah Kandasamy was killed by the EPRLF in Batticaloa. Furthermore the main person responsible for carrying out the orders to abduct Kandiah Kandasamy from EROS was the North-Eastern Deputy Military Commander for EROS at that time known as “Haran” alias Niranjan who is now based in Swindon, United Kingdom.
As many are aware EROS senior leader K.V. Balakumaran and certain senior and junior members from EROS joined the LTTE in 1990 under duress for no fault of their own. Senior leader Shankar Rajee (who was in charge of EROS military affairs until 1987) had no other alternative but to save the lives of the remainder EROS cadres from the hands of the LTTE. Late President Premadasa’s government under the UNP was also supportive of the LTTE indirectly and therefore our late leader Shankar Rajee was not able to make any strategic decision either against the Government of Sri Lanka or the LTTE for that matter.
Since the demise of our late leader Shankar Rajee in 2005, the leadership of EROS has been long been restructured and therefore EROS is unable to take responsibility over decisions made during that period. However as we are an organisation who value and follow Marxist/Leninist ideologies, we are ready to open our hearts and come out clean about our actions but equally expect other revolutionary and militant organisations who were party to the Eelam struggle to come forward out on in the open just as we have and let the truth out regarding all killings and assassinations particularly on the orders of India’s R&AW.