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Indian filmstars in adverts for alleged LTTE fundraiser: report

Source: PTI
January 07, 2008 13:16 IST
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Colourful posters featuring South Indian filmstars have come up in a few stores in London advertising a fundraising event allegedly for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, state media claimed in Colombo on Monday.

The posters invite people to a show on Thai-Pongal day in January sponsored by an organisation allegedly close to the Tamil Tigers, the government-owned Daily News said.

White Pigeon, the newly-formed 'charity' allegedly linked to the LTTE that replaced the activities of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation after it was banned in the United Kingdom 'is vigorously promoting the event unobstructed in the United Kingdom', the newspaper claimed.

'Alexandra Palace in London, the venue where thousands of LTTE supporters converged to pay their last respects to the remains of Britain-based leader Anton Balasingham and collect funds will be once again used on the coming Thai-Pongal day to raise one million pounds to procure arms for terrorism,' the daily said.

'Brightly coloured posters have come up at Indian and Sri Lankan shops in the London Metropolitan area, carrying pictures of South Indian mega stars, advertising the musical extravaganza,' it said.

Sources close to the organisers said 40 per cent of the tickets have been already sold for the Thai-Pongal musical festival scheduled to be held on January 12. Thai-Pongal is a major Hindu festival connected with the harvesting time and falls on January 14.

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