Six Tiger stragglers gunned down
in Kovilladdi jungles
Intelligence uncovers reports about
terrorists in refugee camps secretly being sent abroad to escape…
By Tissa Ravindra Perera
The troops who continue to track down Tiger stragglers in the East and
the South, managed to break up one of their final links in the
Trincomalee district last week. Two Tiger big guns Poleelan and
Shashyan, who went into hiding in Kovilladdi, Trincomalee to escape
being captured, were killed along with six others.
The secret operation which was going on for sometime came to an end last
week in the jungles of Kovilladdi when the final six in hiding were
Some other LTTE groups who had been operating in Kumburuppidi, Peraru
jungles in Trincomalee had also been killed in operations done by the
Navy and Army Intelligence, while the final Wanni battle was going on.
While these operations were going on last week, reports about terrorists
in refugee camps being sent overseas in a systematic way came to light.
The clandestine operation came to be confirmed after the capture of the
private secretary of Tamil Chelvam in the Wellawatte area. A female
Tiger agent involved in sending terrorists escaping from IDP camps
abroad, was also taken into custody from Chapel Lane, Wellawatte. She
was arrested with Rs. 6.5 million in cash, and the investigators are of
the opinion that these were monies had been given to her by the Tigers.
The investigations have revealed that Tiger terrorists escaping from
IDP camps are brought to Colombo and provided with forged ID’s,
passports and visas and then sent to European countries. Their objective
is to get these terrorists abroad temporarily. Now the security forces
are burdened with finding those in the camps who facilitate their
escapes, and those organisations responsible for providing the
terrorists with forged documents to go abroad.
Whilst Tigers in Europe are interested in getting their key members
out of the country, Intelligence have received information that some
groups using the name of the LTTE are trying to raise the terrorisms
head once more. In this regard it is learnt that European based Tiger
agents are trying to form relationships with Tamil groups in and around
In the same manner in which the Malaysia based Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP)
was nabbed last month, sending shockwaves through the Tiger
international network, the Government is looking into the possibility of
trying the same with other LTTE leaders operating from countries like
Eritrea, Norway and the USA.
The prime focus is in having the Tiger legal consultant V.Rudrakumar
operating from the USA arrested. Last week addressing foreign media,
the outgoing Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona said that the Government
would seek assistance from the US Government in this regard.
The Government is also focussed on Eritrea after the disclosures
made by KP in custody. According to him there are ten light aircrafts
purchased by Tigers still stashed away in its capital Asmara. The LTTE
also uses Eritrea as a centre for its gun running. It is these
revelations that shifted the government’s focus to that country.
Eritrea which was a province of Ethiopia, close to the Horn of Africa,
broke away from that country after a bitter struggle. It also
borders the Red Sea,Ethiopia and the troubled Somalia.
|Lankan General graduates
with flying colours from Philippines Defence College
Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe was awarded the prestigious
Gold Medal - 2009 for his thesis “Strategic Military Victory
over LTTE” during his master’s degree course at the National
Defence College of the Philippines.
Major General Hathurusinghe who followed the Master in
National Security Administration course at this Defence College
recently, received his Gold Medal from Defence Undersecretary
Antonio Santos during the graduation ceremony of the 44th
Regular Course - Master in National Security Administration
(MNSA) in Manila.
Geared toward preparing future defence and security leaders
for command and other high positions in the Armed forces, the
intensive course requires its participants to undertake
strategic research and special studies as the basis for the
formation of policies to enhance national defensce and the
security programmes of their respective countries.
The course was attended by several military officers from the
Philippines and overseas, including India, Malaysia and Nigeria
and in addition to other military, government and private sector
students. General Hathurusinghe’s thesis entitled, “Strategic
military victory over Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam,”
prevailed over 32 other thesis presented in the class of 2009.
Emerging top of the class and winning the gilded prize was no
easy task, since all the students were required to submit a
30,000 word thesis on a topic decided by the Faculty of the
College. Each dissertation then had to undergo a rigorous
defence course with academics from various educational
institutions including the University of the Philippines. That
General Hathurusinghe, who was assigned former Philippines Armed
Forces Vice Chief of Staff Lt. General Rodolfo Garcia, as his
thesis advisor, was able to generate such a commendable
impression, is commendable. The largely circulated English daily
“Manila Times” in its September 02 issue prominently carried a
news story about his graduation with flying colours under the
heading, “Sri Lankan General gains top award at the National
Since 2007, before any International Community knew about their new
arms tentacles, Eritrea had come to be used by the LTTE for gun running.
The Intelligence had been in the know that Aiyyar (Thurairajah) KP’s
deputy had arms dealings with Eritrea.
With the idea of countering the Tiger arms operations in Eritrea, the
Government has commenced diplomatic relations with that country. As done
in Malaysia by posting Maj. Gen. Udaya Perera as the country’s
ambassador to stall Tiger activity there, the Director of Military
Intelligence Maj. Gen. Amal Karunasekera will now be sent to Eritrea as
Sri Lanka’s envoy to Asmara.
In the manner KP was able to be taken into custody in Malaysia, it is
hoped that all Tiger arms dealings with Eritrea would also be revealed
in the near future. Similarly the former Commander of the 57 Division
Maj. Gen. Jagath Dias was recently sent to Germany as the deputy
ambassador to counter Tiger activity there.
During the final battle, it was the Tiger international activists who
were responsible for the agitations against the Sri Lankan Government.
The Government of Norway took great pains to hamper the SL Government
operations against the Tiger terrorists standing together with them
espousing their cause.
The Czech company, that supplies the Sri Lankan Government arms, was
here on a visit last week and its heads informed the Government that the
Norwegians, and the Swedes did their best to stop arms shipments to Sri
Lanka. Due to pressure brought upon them via the European Union, the
Czechs were unable to supply us with arms after January 2009.
The efforts of the International activists, to discredit Sri Lankan
Armed forces with a concocted video of soldiers summarily executing
purportedly unarmed captured men, first shown on British channel 4,
followed by various other western TV stations had come a cropper. The
Norwegian Government and officials of certain other countries had
vehemently and vividly sought action against Sri Lankan Government based
on this video.
The Sri Lankan Governments experts proved that the video cassette had
been a concocted one.
Task Forces elevated
The Army’s Task Forces IV, V and VIII that were formed to finish off
the war in the Wanni early this year are now due to be elevated to
Divisions. In addition to these three new Divisions, a fourth will also
Meanwhile Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa toured Wanni on Friday
(11). Army Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya accompanied him on this
On arrival in Mulaitivu, the Defence Secretary had been accorded a
March Past by the Ninth Gajaba Regiment. Incidentally Gajaba is his old
regiment. There after he had toured Pudumattalan region where the final
battle took place. Here he had addressed the troops of 59 Division, Task
Force VIII and Task Force II and told them he would always look into
their welfare and also make every effort to rebuild the lives of those
brave soldiers who have become disabled. The Commander of Kilinochchi
Maj. Gen. Athula Jayawardana and Commander Mullaitivu Maj. Gen. Nandana
Udawatta were also present on the occasion.
The Chief of Defence, Staff Gen. Sarath Fonseka also toured the
Eastern Front the same day (11.) Here along with the Eastern Commander
Maj. Gen Srinath Rajapakse and other Commanders, he looked into the
future security needs of the region.
In the meantime Army has made arrangements to hand back to farmers
about two thousand acres of paddy land after de-mining the entire area
around Yoda weva, in Mannar. In accordance with the directions of the
Northern Governor Maj. Gen. G.A.Chandrasiri 35 villages have been ear
marked for resettlement and cultivation in these areas by September 25.
Additionally another 2000 acres in Araly and 4000 more acres in Musali,
Silawaturai are ready to be given out for cultivation.
Parallel to the de-mining programme west of the A-9 highway is a
similar programme being carried out by the forces in the Wanni. The
Police Special Task Force alone has removed 26,734 anti-personnel mines
from the Omanthai – Welioya road.
This week also saw 9994 persons being given permission to leave IDP
camps to resettle in their own villages. People from Jaffna, Baticoloa,
Amparai and Trincomalee have been thus allowed to go back to their
Intelligence personnel attached to 56 Division commanded by Brig.
Priyantha Napagoda recovered on Wednesday(09) 450 kilos of explosives
from Pudukudyiruppu. In addition to the haul of explosives, two machine
guns, two Claymore bombs, and two T 56 weapons were also recovered. They
had been buried in a crater created by a bomb dropped by the air force
so as not to attract any attention. The discovery was made on a tip off
given by a captured Tiger cadre.
On the same day troops of the Task Force VIII commanded by Brig.
G.V.Ravipriya recovered 32 pistols, 18 T-56 weapons and 3 sniper rifles
and a haul of bullets.