Velupillai Prabhakaran

Velupillai Prabhakaran

Sri Lankan Rebel
Born Nov 26, 1954

Thiruvenkadam Velupillai Prabhakaran (Tamil: வேலுப்பிள்ளை பிரபாகரன், was the founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a militant organization that sought to create an independent Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka. For over 25 years, the LTTE waged a violent secessionist campaign in Sri Lanka that led to it being designated a terrorist organization by 32 countries. Prabhakaran was wanted by Interpol for terrorism, murder, organized crime and terrorism conspiracy.… Read More

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  • Sri Lanka Under Pressure To Probe War Crimes
    Fox News - Feb 24, 2013
  • Graphic Photos: Did Sri Lanka Execute A 12 Year Old Boy?
    Huffington Post - Feb 19, 2013
  • Book Review: The Prabhakaran Saga
    The Times Of India - Aug 26, 2012
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    The Times Of India - Jul 16, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Velupillai Prabhakaran.


1954 Birth Born on November 26, 1954.


1971 16 Years Old Inspired by the failed 1971 insurrection of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, it was the first Tamil insurgent group of its kind. … Read More
1972 17 Years Old In 1972, Prabhakaran teamed up with Chetti Thanabalasingam, Jaffna to form the Tamil New Tigers (TNT), with Thanabalasingham as its leader. … Read More
1974 19 Years Old 1 More Event
The assassination was in response to the 1974 Tamil conference incident, for which the Tamil radicals had blamed Duraiappah, because he backed the then ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party. … Read More


1975 20 Years Old In 1975, after becoming heavily involved in the Tamil movement, he carried out the first major political murder by a Tamil group, assassinating the mayor of Jaffna, Alfred Duraiappah, by shooting him at point-blank range when he was about to enter the Hindu temple at Ponnaalai.
1976 21 Years Old On May 5, 1976, the TNT was renamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), commonly known as the Tamil Tigers. … Read More


1987 32 Years Old …  Thileepan, a colonel rank officer adopted Gandhian means to protest against the IPKF killings by staging a fast unto death from September 15, 1987, and by abstaining from food or water till 26 September, when he died in front of thousands of Tamils who had come there to fast along with him. … Read More
1991 36 Years Old …  He has been issued an arrest warrant by the Madras High Court in India for plotting the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in May, 1991 and in 2002 Judge Ambepitiya issued an open warrant to arrest him in connection with the 1996 Central Bank Bombing. The judge found him guilty on 51 counts and sentenced him to years in prison. The Asian Tribune has reported that Prabhakaran was married to Mathivathani Erambu on October 1, 1984. and she, along with their mother, their daughter (Duvaraga) and two sons, Charles Anthony Balachandran were not in Sri Lanka. … Read More


2002 47 Years Old Prabhakaran's first and only major press conference was held in Killinochchi on April 10, 2002. … Read More


2006 51 Years Old …  Peace talks eventually broke down, and the Sri Lanka Army launched a military campaign to defeat the Tamil Tigers in 2006. Prabhakaran was reportedly killed in the fighting with the Sri Lankan Army on May 18, 2009. … Read More
2009 55 Years Old Died on May 19, 2009.
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