Velupillai Prabhakaran may not have visualised his own macabre end as a mud-covered and practically naked corpse on a makeshift stretcher, but that is how it turned out to be. Despite the inherently cruel voyeurism of officially publishing the pictures of his body, Sri Lanka had to do so if only to prevent mythologies from being built around someone whose childhood hero was 'Phantom: the ghost who walks'.
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The photographs displayed on the website of Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order, offer some telling insights into the final moments of the world's most ruthless insurgent.
Image: In this Nov. 27, 2008 handout file photo provided by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, delivers his annual address to Sri Lanka's Tamil minority at an undisclosed location near Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Photograph copyright AP. Unauthorised reproduction is prohibited.)Text: IANS