(nom de guerre
: Colonel Karuna Amman
; , born 1966
) is a Sri Lankan
politician and former militant. After fighting for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
for over 20 years, he rose to prominence as the leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal
(TMVP), a breakaway faction of the Tamil Tigers.
After giving up arms and entering politics, he was appointed as a National List Member of Parliament for the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance
(UPFA), the party of President Mahinda Rajapakse
, The Hindu
– March 10, 2009 on March 9, 2009. He later joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party
, the largest party in the UPFA, and on April 24, 2009 he appointed a Vice President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
Muralitharan was born in Kiran
, a village in the Batticaloa
district in eastern Sri Lanka to Vinayagamoorthy, an agriculturist from the parayan
caste. He joined the LTTE in 1983 and became a top commander of the Eastern Province
. He was a former bodyguard to LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran
and effectively number two in the Tamil Tiger military organization.
Break with LTTE
In March 2004, Muralitharan broke away... Read More