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Military Matters


 

TIGER PRISON CHIEF CAUGHT

Those officers and men of the armed forces captured during attacks had been made to work and then killed by the Tigers. These revelations have been made by the Tiger Prison Chief taken into custody from an IDP camp in Vavuniya by a Special Intelligence team.
Any person or members of security forces taken into custody is interrogated by this Tiger leader. The name of this Tiger terrorist is withheld due to security reasons. After leaving school he had been given three months training in intelligence work and deployed in this capacity by the Tigers.
According to information so far revealed by him, there had been six hundred working under Tiger Prison Chief. Navy Captain Boyagoda, Inspector Jeyaratnam, Captain Lakshman, Lt. Rajah and other members of the security forces were under him. Most of those under his custody were those Tamils who were charged with being against the Tiger movement

By Tissa Ravindra Perera
It is being confirmed now about plans of the Tigers to take out VIP targets by going through loopholes in their security.
Puvasan, a key Tiger who maintained documents in the LTTE military intelligence commanded by Colonel Charles, is spilling the beans on such plots.

Likewise renegade Police Superintendent Lakshman Cooray and similar others in custody, also are divulging many details of their activities. On the day of the salute to the brave soldiers who helped to defeat the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world, celebrated last June 03 at the Galle Face Green, Lakshman Cooray had been in charge of Police duties from Kollupitiya to the Galle Face Green where the ceremony was held. He had been inducted there on special duty. .

The ceremony was attended by a large gathering of VIP’s including President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the Heads of the three defence services, diplomats, opposition politicians and many other dignitaries. The ceremonial salute was completed with a march past of 329 officers and 4915 other rankers from the three Forces and Police.
The fact that the SP who is now in custody for his involvement with the Tigers was in command of the route taken by those who attended the ceremony, could have easily endangered their lives.

According to information elicited from SP Cooray and others in custody of the Police Terrorist Investigation Division for their Tiger links, a three wheeler taken into custody recently in the Matale area by State Intelligence Service is the vehicle that transported the attackers who carried out the attack on the motorcade of former Pakistani High Commissioner, Bashir Wali Mohammed on August 4, 2006, and the suicide attack on the office of Social Services Minister Douglas Devananda. The owner of the vehicle is a Sinhalese and the Tigers have paid him for the services provided. Originally a blue-coloured three wheeler, it had been repainted red by the time it was taken into custody.

Investigations to arrest SI

Meanwhile, investigations are on to arrest a Sub Inspector who had served in the VIP security division and had been drawing a monthly wage from the Tigers. He had started as an investigating officer of criminal dens in the Mt Lavinia division, and then changed over to the VIP security. He has since gone into hiding in Singapore, it is learnt. The renegade SI had received Rs 50,000 monthly. He had provided them with official Police uniforms and transported their cadres, arms and ammunition, according to reports on investigations on his activity. As a criminal investigator he had easy access to scenes of Tiger attacks in and around Colombo, which are also visited by many top officers in the Police and Armed forces. If the Tigers had wanted to target any such senior officer, the SI could have made it possible for them to carry out such an attack. Since least suspicion was drawn by the presence of this officer at a crime scene, the Tigers could have even got him to destroy important evidence from such scenes.

Following this revelation a need for reassessment of Police crime scene investigations has arisen, especially as to who should have clearance to be present at such scenes.
Similarly investigations carried out under the supervision of ASP Russel de Soysa of the criminal investigation unit of Vavuniya by its OIC Sub Inspector Nalaka Gunasekara and his team, key terrorist Puvasan had given them plenty of information on attempts on VIP lives. Also information on security personnel who were under Tiger custody has been confirmed.
According to what is known now, groups under Pottu Amman and Charles went at their targets with dual strike capability; in the event the first attack fails, a second was on standby to finish the job.

Attempt on Gen. Fonseka

The attempt on the life of Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Sarath Fonseka when he was the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army had been carried out in that manner. If he survived the attack made by the suicide bomber Durga (Manjula Devi), Charles’s group was ready with the second attack while he was being taken to hospital as confirmed now.

The Tiger suicide cadre Vaikunthan taken into custody from an IDP camp at Mudaliyarkulam, Vavuniya, had been ready to go into action as the second bomber, but the message sent to Pottu Amman from Galle Face by Durga’s handler Piribakaran after the suicide blast, was that they got the target and Tiger military intelligence chief Charles who thought their mission was complete removed Vaikunthan from the scene.

During the attempt on Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s life at Pittala junction, Kollupitiya too, the Tigers had readied two other attempts. The man who was in charge of these operations Col. Charles, was taken out by a Deep Penetration unit of the army Special Forces in a location close to the Wanni Western Coast about six months before the final Wanni battle, driving fear into the Tiger leadership.

The investigations carried out by OIC Nalaka Gunasekara have revealed the details of the abduction of the 2nd in command of the Terrorist Investigation Unit, Mt. Lavinia Inspector Jeyaratnam.

Arranged abduction

With the disappearance of key figure in the LTTE intelligence unit Newton with some important secrets, and fearing that Jeyaratnam would help to extract those Tiger secrets, Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman and Charles arranged the abduction of the Police inspector.

During this period Newton had been secretly taken into custody by Army Intelligence, and this created some concern in the Tiger camp. The Tigers had even planned to abduct the media personnel who first reported Newton’s disappearance to find out details known to them, but the State Intelligence knew about their plan.

The Tigers used Soundarajan Paul, a friend of Jeyaratnam to abduct him. Soundarajan’s family had been taken to Wanni and the operation to abduct Jeyaratnam was planned. They had been given an inhaler to make him unconscious. A car and a van had been made available for the purpose. Soundarajan, had got Jeyaratnam drunk at a hotel in Mt Lavinia, and then had him put in a van with two Tiger cadres dressed in Police uniform and taken him to Puttlam and from there taken to Vedithalativu in a boat.

Interrogated

He had been taken to a camp where Charles and Puvasan had grilled him while being held under the custody of Madavan master. Then he had been questioned by their chief interrogator Arulmuli. (Arulmuli too is now in custody) Here they were unable to get much information as was hoped. Yet, they were successful in getting him to give them information on how the defence establishment identifies Tiger members, and how to avoid getting caught. They had even got him to give their cadres lectures on these topics.

Once Jeyaratnam had escaped from his captors, but he had been fired at and recaptured. On another occasion he had tried to get to a UN office but had been caught. Thereafter he had not been fed. He had appealed to the Tigers if they could not release him to kill him and with the idea of dying he had even consumed sand from the floor of his cell. Ultimately Inspector Jeyaratnam had been shot dead, according to the information divulged by the Tiger seniors now in custody. Captain Lakshman of the Army Intelligence who was in Tiger custody too had been killed by them.

Fourteen security forces men who were kept in their custody without informing the Red Cross until the final period, too had been shot dead, according to the Tiger Prison Chief who is now disclosing these details to security intelligence. In that group had been two officers taken in by Tigers after sinking a Dvora fast attack craft. In addition to these fourteen members there were five other captured servicemen whose presence in their custody had been made known to the ICRC. Those five were allowed to escape with the IDPs, and surrendered to the security forces in the final days of the war.

Captured officers made to work

Those officers and men of the armed forces captured during attacks had been made to work and then killed by the Tigers. These revelations have been made by the Tiger Prison Chief taken into custody from an IDP camp in Vavuniya by a Special Intelligence team.

Any person or members of security forces taken into custody is interrogated by this Tiger leader. The name of this Tiger terrorist is withheld due to security reasons. After leaving school he had been given three months training in intelligence work and deployed in this capacity by the Tigers.
According to information so far revealed by him, there had been six hundred working under Tiger Prison Chief. Navy Captain Boyagoda, Inspector Jeyaratnam, Captain Lakshman, Lt. Rajah and other members of the security forces were under him. Most of those under his custody were those Tamils who were charged with being against the Tiger movement.

Foreign Interest

Foreign Army Commanders want to study Lankan Army tactics in defeating Tigers
Meanwhile ten foreign Army commanders including those of the most powerful countries in the world, have sought permission to come here to study how the Sri Lankan Army defeated the most ruthless terrorist force.
These requests came when they met Army Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya at a meeting of the Pacific Area Army Commanders held in Tokyo Japan. The conference held from August 24 to 27 was attended by commanders of 22 countries in the Pacific region.

Heads of armed forces of USA, Japan, India, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Philippines and Bangladesh held bilateral discussions with the Sri Lankan Army Chief during the conference.
They will soon send their representatives to study how our troops managed to vanquish terrorism fighting and defeating them in guerilla warfare, penetrating their massive ditch-cum-bunds and taking the fight to them, Army Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya revealed to this columnist.
Already the experiences of these fighting methods are being collected and new recruits are given training in those tactics for future requirements.

Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Sarath Fonseka as the then Commander of the Sri Lanka Army by personally planning and directing all operations with his excellent leadership, helped to defeat the Tiger terrorism to the amazement of other armies around the world. The war analysts are of the opinion that before giving away those tactics to the world our identity should be stamped on them.

During the peace accord the USA and others in the guise of training our forces came here and took away an invaluable collection of our fighting techniques, especially some tactics developed by the Army’s deep penetration units yet to be used by other armies.
Tour of Eastern Front

Meanwhile Lt. Gen. Jayasuriya after taking over as Commander, toured the Eastern front on September 03. There he met with the Commander of the East Maj. Gen. Srinath Rajapaksa and other Commanders of the area to review the security situation in the region. The Director Operations of the Sri Lanka Army Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva too accompanied the Commander on the tour.

The Terrorist Investigation unit in the Vavuniya Police dug up a load of explosives at Kondachchikulam, Silavaturai, meant for the use in the Southern thoroughfare where security vehicles would ply.

These two barrels with the explosives were discovered, on a tip off from a terrorist arrested from an IDP camp. Silawaturai was the first town liberated by the security forces from the terrorist on the northwest coast, where civilians were resettled recently. This incident clearly indicates that enough paraphernalia needed for reactivating terror activity still lay buried at various locations.
The Navy Chief Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe toured the Silawaturai area overland just a few days earlier.

Until these areas are fully restored it would be dangerous for VIP’s to be touring such areas
Among the lethal haul recovered this time were, 4 pressure mines weighing 10 kilos each, two pressure mines weighing 7 kilos each, two pressure mines weighing 5 kilos each - all meant for vehicles, 13 RPG explosives, 400 digital detonators, 23 RPG fuses, 25 anti-personnel mines, 255 anti aircraft guns, 8 T56 magazines with 1750 bullets and other live ammunition were found by the TI unit Vavuniya.

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Brig. Karunasekera promoted

Director of Military Intelligence Brig. Amal Karunasekera who did yeoman service in the Fourth Eelam war giving leadership to Army Intelligence officers, has been promoted to the rank of Major General this week.

He was the first Commanding Officer to be sent to Haiti for peace efforts there having shown brilliance as an officer in the Infantry regiment in the Sri Lanka Army. It was possible to take out Tiger political chief Tamil Selvam, their floating arms warehouses and also target Prabhakaran and other Tiger leaders by air strikes and take into custody KP of Tiger International Network on details provided by Intelligence officers under his command. The officers using his leadership were able to track down Tiger assault units meant for the East and South, and also crack the Tiger cells that infiltrated Jaffna for terror purposes. The Military Intelligence which was dormant during the Peace Accord was revived by the then Army Commander Gen. Sarath Fonseka by appointing Brig. Amal Karunasekera as its Director.

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 New President of Ranawiru Seva

Mrs. Anoma Fonseka took over as the President of the Ranawiru Seva Authority at the Authority office in Kollupitiya on Wednesday (2).

As the wife of the Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Sarath Fonseka, she did an excellent job in looking after the welfare of the families of brave soldiers. She served the Seva Vanitha unit at Sinha Regiment as its President for eleven years, and as the President of the Army’s Seva Vanitha unit for three and half years, doing welfare work for the brave soldiers. She was also instrumental in starting a school for differently abled children of the members of three forces and the Police force, under the name of ‘Senehasa.’ With her experience as the wife of one of the bravest of soldiers she promised to use that experience to serve other brave soldiers and their families to the best of her ability.

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Jaffna gets new Commander

Major General L.B.Mark took office as the new Commander of Jaffna this week. After the Peace Accord Maj. Gen. Mark as Commander of 51 Division, with the then Commander of Jaffna Maj. Gen. G.A.Chandrasiri, was able to infuse his experience gained at Gemunu Watch to infuse fresh life into Intelligence gathering in the Jaffna peninsula and clean the place of Tiger cadres and rebuild life back there.

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