Tiger rebelsí disaster plan
By Tissa Ravindra Perera
Security forces arrested this week two Black Tigers who had
tried to blow up Iranamadu tank, the biggest fresh water body in
the Wanni and drown two Army brigades.
The army had also taken equipment, including three magnetic
bombs, diving gear and a satellite phone which were buried near
the tank on information elicited from two captured Tiger rebels.
The Military intelligence had tipped off the troops about the
impending threat. As a result the army had intensified boat
patrols near the tank. Both the Tigers had repeatedly dived into
the Iranamadu tank in an effort to affix the bombs to the tank
bund on January 25 and 28. However, they had been deterred by
intense patrolling of the tank.
Their initial plan had been to destroy the dam and pave the way
for an assault on the survivors by a group led by Sea Tiger
Leader Soosai. However, following the unsuccessful attempts,
they had surrendered themselves to the soldiers from the 17th
Gajaba regiment. The rebels were in an exhausted state.
These details have come to light after the two surrendees were
interrogated by the military intelligence.
In a similar operation, the LTTE blasted the Kolamadukulam Tank
last Saturday with the hope of annihilating some of the troop
contingents advancing on Vishvamadu area. It caused part of the
A-35 highway to be flooded along with Dharmapuram and Vishvamadu.
But Tiger attempts to isolate pockets of marooned soldiers from
the 57 and 58 Divisions were thwarted as the army immediately
deployed the reserve 53 fighting Division.