Vaiko was speaking to reporters after being released on bail from Palayamkottai Prison, where he had been lodged since February 28. He added that these were old photographs and were released by Sri Lankan government to serve an ulterior motive.
TAMIL NADU politician, Vaiko has said that he was proud of his association with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and said that if he ever gets a chance, he will again visit Wanni and meet Prabhakaran.
Vaiko, who is the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief, said this while responding to question on the release of his pictures with LTTE chief Prabhakaran, firing weapons and wearing battle fatigues like the LTTE cadre. The Tamil leader was speaking to reporters after being released on bail from Palayamkottai Prison in Tirunelveli, where he had been lodged since February 28. Known as a pro-LTTE leader, Vaiko said that these were old pictures and were made public at this particular time by the Sri Lankan government due to an ulterior motive. The pictures of the Tamil leader with LTTE chief Prabhakaran were found at the rebel communication centre at Puthukkudiyiruppu West. They show Vaiko firing pistols and delivering lectures in battle fatigues. Sri Lanka government said that these photographs reveal that the plans for a greater Tamil Eelam were underway. The photographs were recovered at the satellite communication centre Puthukkudiyiruppu, by Sri Lankan soldiers of 6 Gemunu Watch (6GW) on March 1. Sri Lankan defence officials said that these photographs proved that many South Indian politicians were supporters of the terror movement lead by LTTE. Photographs of some other politicians have also been discovered by the Lankan security forces.