18 February 1945
|Died||16 July 1989
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Ethnicity||Sri Lankan Tamil|
|Organization||People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam|
Kadirgamapillai (Kathirkamar) Nallainathan (Tamil: க. உமாமகேசுவரன்; 18 February 1945 – 16 July 1989; commonly known by the nom-de-guerre Uma Maheswaran) was a Sri Lankan Tamil militant and founder/leader of the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam.
Maheswaran joined the militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 1977. The LTTE gave him the nome-de-guerre Mukundan. He was chairman of the LTTE's central committee from 1977 to 1980. He received military training in Lebanon and Syria. Maheswaran and LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran were blamed for the shooting of MP M. Canagaratnam on 24 January 1978. In 1982 A Sri Lankan court sentenced Maheswaran, in absentia, to 15 years rigorous imprisonment for the attempted murder.
Maheswaran fell out with Prabhakaran and in 1980 he left the organisation.
After leaving the LTTE, Maheswaran founded the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE). On the night of 19 May 1982 Maheswaran along fellow PLOTE members Jotheeswaran and Sivaneswaran (Nirnajan) were involved in a shootout with Prabhakaran and Raghavan (Sivakumar) of the LTTE at the Pondy bazaar in Thiyagarayanagar, Madras, India. Jotheeswaran was injured and hospitalised but Maheswaran and Sivaneswaran escaped. Maheswaran was arrested near Gummidipoondi railway station on 25 May 1982 after a shoot out with the police but was later bailed. Maheswaran and PLOTE carried out bank robberies and kidnappings to finance their activities. Maheswaran's actions led to divisions within PLOTE and number of splinter groups were formed including the Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front (ENDLF). Maheswaran dealt harshly with dissension and is alleged to have carried out 38 murders.
Maheswaran was involved in the failed 1988 Maldives Coup. On 16 July 1989 Maheswaran was abducted by six men in Colombo. His bullet ridden body was later found on Frankfurt Place, Bambalapitiya near the Maldivian High Commission. The ENDLF, an Indian backed offshoot of PLOTE, claimed responsibility for the assassination. Some sources blamed the assassination on disgruntled members of PLOTE.
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