State intelligence wins at hide and seek with KP
Tissa Ravindra Perera
This week the Government of Sri Lanka managed to nab notorious Tiger
fugitive Selvarasa Pathmanathan, alias K.P. alias Kumaran Pathmanathan,
the self-proclaimed leader of the LTTE since the killing of Velupillai
Prabahakaran by Lankan troops on May 19.
The Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa revealed to this column
that Kumaran Pathmanathan, the leader of the Tiger International arms
dealing, was taken into custody on Thursday (06) night and brought to
It was yet another great victory to the security forces of the
country which in less than three months of the death of Tiger leader
Prabahakaran, were able to take into custody K.P. who was bent on
getting the Tiger terror machine back in action.
Puthinam, a Tiger friendly web reported that a conspiracy between
Malaysia and Sri Lanka was responsible for the capture of K.P.
K.P., who had been earlier dumped by the Tiger Leader Prabhakaran as
their chief international operative, got reinstated in that position
once again due to the need to seek a foreign governmentís intervention
to stop Lankan troops completely routing the dreaded organisation in
eastern Wanni. Until those last few weeks it was Pottu Amman and Castro
who had been handling international dealings.
At the final moment, with Prabhakaranís intervention, Nediyavan who
worked out of Norway as the leader of their international network, was
made to hand the leadership back to K.P. As a result with the death of
Prabhakaran there developed an intense tussle between the two groups
regarding the leadership of the organisation. However, the attempts by
K.P. to get a powerful country to intervene on their behalf to halt the
security forces failed.
While the International media reported that Prabhakaran had suffered
death at the hands of Lankan troops, K.P. on May 18 claimed through
tiger friendly webs, that the tiger supremo was well and alive. With the
utterances of K.P., a search on the 19th brought about the death of the
Tiger Leader Prabhakaran. Then the groups opposed to K.P, claimed that
the leaderís death was brought about by K.Pís actions.
With the prevailing state of affairs, the Sri Lankan State
Intelligence have shown their counterparts in developed countries its
capabilities, and once again placed Sri Lanka on a high pedestal with
the K.P. affair. The capabilities of the Lankan intelligence services to
capture terrorists anywhere in the world have been established with this
The entire operation had been secretly planned between Defence Secretary
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Chief of National Intelligence (CNI) Maj. Gen.
Intelligence gathered by Lankan embassies abroad, and information
elicited from Tiger leaders in custody, coupled with combined efforts
of Military Intelligence, the Terrorists Investigation Division (TID)
and the State Intelligence Service, have made this possible. The
intelligence officers of the Military Directorate of Intelligence under
Brig. Amal Karunasekera had worked for some time on K.P. and the Tiger
International Network collecting much data related to its activity,
also helped in the capture of K.P. and his being brought down to
Colombo very discreetly. The sting operation was known only to a few
people till it was successfully concluded.
One of the key reasons for sending former Director Operations of the
Army Maj. Gen. Udaya Perera as Deputy High Commissioner to Malaysia
earlier this year, had been to keep an eye on Tiger operations in the
region. After getting together all intelligence data, and keeping a
close watch on his activity, K.P. was taken into custody. Data collected
via his satellite phone on his discussions also helped.
According to reports on Tiger websites, the arrest had been made when
K.P. had gone to meet the son and brother of the former Tiger political
and Police chief Nadesan on Wednesday afternoon. The arrest had been
made at the Tune Hotel on Abdul Rahuman St., Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
with KP taken to Bangkok secretly and then brought to Colombo on 06
Although KP. was earlier arrested in Bangkok in 2007, Thailand
authorities there had released him by the time our team arrived there to
Enriching himself by extortion from Tamil Diaspora in the name of
establishing an Eelam state, this millionaire terrorist used many
aliases and as many passports from various countries to run his fleet of
11 arms smuggling ships and other businesses.
At this moment he is being held in custody in Colombo and questioned
regarding his international network, and information is being divulged.
This questioning is expected to bring information about his connections
locally and outside this country as well as Tiger informants who had
connections with him. Even after the death of Prabhakaran, K.P. had been
in touch with Tiger activists here.
Arrest of Tiger intelligence leader and terrorists involved in
Kebithigollewa bus attack
This week the western province intelligence unit arrested a Tiger
intelligence leader and two others who had been planning to assassinate
a VIP. They recovered from the roof of No.39 Wellawatta, two suicide
kits weighing six kilos, a pistol, two hand grenades, a compass and two
pairs of night vision binoculars.
This Tiger leader had been under orders from Malaysia, and their
target is suspected to be a government minister. Director western
province intelligence unit SSP Ravi Seneviratne is in charge of
This week also saw the arrest of two tiger terrorists involved in the
killing of 64 innocent civilians at Yakawewa in Kebithigollewa, with a
claymore bomb attack on a bus. This incident that made civilians abandon
their villages, had partly led to the beginning of Fourth Eelam war. It
also resulted in Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa overhauling
successfully the earlier rag tag Home Guards into the efficient Civil
Defence Force under Rear Adm. Sarath Weerasekera. The bus No. 63-2548
of the Kebithigollewa depot was bombed by the terrorists on May 15,
One of the terrorists involved in that horrifying attack had been in
a rehabilitation camp in Vavuniya, without causing any suspicion. He had
been nabbed while living as a role model IDP, even acting as an
interpreter at times of need when Tamils speakers were being questioned.
He is fluent both in Tamil and Sinhala.
He had been part of a four-member team that had spent a number of
days at Yakawewa waiting for the arrival of a military bus to target,
but finally blew up the civilian bus. While escaping after that attack,
the terrorists had got caught in a gun battle with security forces at a
security ring, where one of their members was injured. They had then
travelled by boat towards India and arrived in the Wanni. The other two
members involved in this shocking attack, are to be taken into custody
Recovery of arms/ammunition plant
On information given by a leader of the LTTEís mortar manufacturing
plant where mortars had been made with machinery imported from a foreign
country, forces were able to recover the plant with arms and ammunition.
The OIC Terrorists Investigation Unit at Boossa, Inspector Lal Gamage,
and a team had made the recoveries after combing Vellamullaivaikkal,
Anandapuram and Dharmapuram areas with the troops of Task Force VIII.
Among the prized findings are two imported machines for the
manufacture of 60mm and 81mm mortars, along with lathes used in making
parts of these bombs. It has been established that these items had been
brought into the country during the period of the Peace Accord between
LTTE and the Government, in the guise of bringing material and machinery
for civilian use. In addition to these items, the team recovered a
machine used to refine aviation fuel from kerosene for the tiger
Also recovered by them were ten suicide kits, a suicide boat powered
with a 300 horse power engine, 155 kgs - C4 explosives, 233 kgs TNT
explosives, 360 kgs of black gun powder in 9 barrels, one 14.5 mm anti
aircraft gun, 5 barrels of 25mm cannon, two RPG launchers with 24
grenades, 31 RGG charges, three 15kgs pressure bombs, nine 2kgs
claymore bombs, 74 hand grenades, 30 Arul bombs, 152 anti-personnel
mines, 45 electronic detonators, 25 nos. 130mm cannon bombs, 2 bombs
used in 122mm cannons, eight Icom walkie talkies and T-56 guns and
bullets and a lot of other arms and ammunition.
Changes in top army posts
There continued to be many changes in the top echelons of the Army
this week as well.
Jaffna Commander Maj. Gen. Rajitha de Silva takes over as Chief of Staff
Joint Operations Headquarters (CoS JOH). Maj. Gen. Laksiri Ameratunga
(CoS JOH) takes over as Chairman Ranaviru Seva Authority. Maj. Gen. L.B.
Mark takes over as Commander Jaffna. The Division 11 based in Panagoda
throughout is to gain new beginnings as the Southern Security Forces
Headquarters. Maj. Gen. Lalith Daulugala has been appointed as its
Commander. Maj. Gen. Athula Jayawardena will take over as Kilinochchi
Security Forces Commander. Brig. Maithree Dias will be the new Training
and Research Director of the Joint Operations Headquarters.
The new Army Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya made a tour of
Jaffna and looked into the latest developments there. He met with the
outgoing Commander of Jaffna Maj. Gen. Rajitha de Silva and other
officers and detailed future security arrangements. Meanwhile 105 Majors
were promoted as Lt. Colonels and 60 Lt. Cols. were made Colonels.
Those promoted as Colonels are as follows:
P.N.Dematapitiya, H.P.Seneviratna, M.T.Ubayawardana, F.M.Weerasingha,
D.P.Abeynayaka, D.P.Jayatilaka, T.M.de Silva, D.P.Chandrasekera,
H.M.Sumanadasa, A.K.Nimal Kantha, G.D.Wanniarachchi, W.Madola,
H.L.Guruge, P.Wijegoonewardana, P.A.Kaluarachchi, H.M.Thilakarathna,
B.S.Ketakumbura, B.N.Thalgahawatta, A.D.Elwatta, B.B.Randeniya,
S.M.Fonseka, P.S.de Silva, J.C.Gamage, L.Wijesundara, E.N.Ramanayaka,
J.Jayaweera, P.Fernando, P.Podiralahamy, A.I.Marasingha, L.C.Fernando,
M.D.Wijesundara, M.Kithsiri, V.J.Pananwela, S.Wijesuriya, M.Katugampola,
S.Hewavitharana, A.L.Rathnayaka, K.Premathilaka, R.Fernando, S.Waduge,
A.Ariyaratna, S.P.Seneviratna, P.S.Thilakaratne, R.K.Senaratna,
D.N.Jayasundara, P.J.Ratnayaka, P.Perera, D.Gunawardana, W.Abrew,
S.Welikala, N.I.de Silva, P.Senaratna, J.Ratnayake, H.D.Bandara,
J.Bandara, R.Hathnagoda, V.M.Liyanage, K.P.Amarasekera, T.Hangipola,
The Majors promoted as Lt. Colonels are;
S.A.Ranaweera, I.Yakandawela, K.Gnanaratne, A.Wijesinghe,
N.B.Dissanayaka, N.C.Wijewardana, G.D.Dissanayaka, L.S.Perera,
S.Ratnayake, J.B.Weragama, S.A.Kulatunga, B.C.Jayasingha, W.Chandrasiri,
M.N.Perera, C.Kulatunga, T.U.Perera, F.Somasiri, P.S.Ratnayaka,
K.S.Perera, D.Thilakaratne, U.Hewaarachchi, V.Ihalage, K.I.Vithanachchi,
P.M.Kariyawasam, R.N.Dissanayaka, S.Kasthurimudaly, A.R.Gunesekera,
F.B.Mahathuwakkara, M.A.Vipularatna, S.K.Jayasekara, S.J.Priyadharshana,
P.C.Pieris, T.H.Darim, P.Dassanayaka, N.Eeriyagama, M.Vithanage, C.A. de
Soysa, M.Ranasingha, R.Jayamanne, A.R.Hamidon, N.D.Thuduhena,
T.R.Perera, J.N.Ranasingha, K.B.Thiyangoda, G.Amarapala, S.Amunugama,
M.U.Herath, M.C.de Soysa, D.C.Perera, L.K. de Silva, J.Ratnayaka,
P.Kularatne, C.D.Seneviratna, J.Nishantha, A.Seneviratna, D.S.Shantha,
S.M.Perera, J.A.Premadasa, G.A.Munasingha, U.K.Galhenage, M.S.Kumara,
U.J.Gajaweera, K.Jayaratna, A.B.Dissanayaka, B.Perera, D.I.Hiripitiya,
D.Gunasingha, P.A.Perera. K. Peeris, G.B.Liyanage, G.P.Koddituwakku,
A.G.Senadheera, D.A.Amerasekera, T.N.Kodagoda, S.A.Pathirana,
N.S.Perera, R.Elvitigala, S.D.Iddagodage, S.K.Dolage, A.J.Kularatna,
N.D.Edirisingha, R.K.Herath, S.R.Wijedasa, R.Bandu, A.P.Wickramasekara,
C.S.Munasingha, H.M.Rajapaksha, S.P.Jayasingha, P.S.Padmashantha,
K.M.Parakrama, J.Ranahewa, B.M.Yahampath, M.S.Chandrasiri,
S.D.Meepagala, S.Wijethilaka, N.C.Pieris, W.S.Perera, S.P.Silva,
G.K.Gunesena, C.S.Dissanayaka, H.M.Bandara, D.Karunapala, D.K.Aludeniya,
J.Ratnasekera, and S.K.Weerakoon.