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Unidentified gunmen Friday shot dead a village officer in Kalladi Uppodai, on the southern outskirts of Batticaloa town. Mr. Kunjithamby Sivarasa 47, was killed at his home around 5.30 p.m. by two gunmen who came on motorbike, Police said. Mr. Sivarasa was the village officer for Karadiyanaaru in the LTTE controlled hinterland of the Batticaloa District.

Police said the village officer was shot at point blank range four times. Five empty casings of 9 mm rounds were recovered from the scene of the murder, Police said. Mr.Sivarasa left Batticaloa during the 42 day rebellion of LTTE renegade commander Mr.Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan(Karuna). He returned to the eastern town after the renegade LTTE commander fled Batticaloa, sources in Arayampathy said. However his family could not be contacted friday.

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The Liberation Tigers in Batticaloa said that a key associate of renegade commander ‘Karuna’ was killed in an ambush by one of their special jungle warfare units in Batticaloa Wednesday afternoon around 2.45 p.m. “We ambushed a small group of the paramilitary Karuna Group carrying small arms upon information provided by civilians. We recovered the body of a key person of the Karuna Group. A search is on to apprehend the others”, an LTTE military officer said.

The Karuna Group cadres were ambushed south of the road from Batticaloa to Polannaruwa and Colombo near Punanai, LTTE sources said. Two Karuna cadres were seriously injured in the ambush, the LTTE officer said.

Tigers charge that Karuna cadres are operating from Sri Lanka army camps close to the Batticaloa-Polannaruwa border.

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Two militants belonging to the Karuna group were executed by the Liberation Tigers in Illupadichchenai in Batticaloa, local Tamil media said.

Balasundaram Sritharan (23) and Thillaiampalam Suthanthirarajan were arrested earlier on suspicion of carrying out attacks on LTTE members and supporters in the east.

The reports said that they were captured with weapons and equipment supplied by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA).

The Tigers say the Sri Lanka armed forces are waging a proxy war against them through Tamil paramilitaries, including gunmen from Karuna’s group, formed in the wake of the collapse of his rebellion against the LTTE.

The LTTE says the Sri Lankan government is giving sanctuary and support to Karuna (Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan). Colombo admits the armed forces helped Karuna escape from Batticaloa-Ampara in April, but denies the government had a hand in this.

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Hingurakgoda Police said Tuesday morning that the arrested youth had in their possession three T- 56, three T – 84 type assault rifles and a T – 81 special assault rifle. They also had six hand grenades. A van and a car in which they had traveled were also seized from the Bubula temple, Police said.

Sri Lanka army’s US trained Special Forces were camped by the Bubula Buddhist temple until recently, sources said. The Special Forces have been involved in many deep penetration operations into LTTE held areas in the Batticaloa district in the past.

The chief monk of the Bubula temple (Bodhirukkarama Vihara) was a candidate of the JHU in the Polannaruwa District at the elections to Parliament in April this year.

Police took into custody fourteen Tamil youth armed with several assault rifles from a Buddhist temple in the village of Bubula in Hingurakgoda in the Pollannaruwa District Monday evening. The chief monk of the Bubula temple is a member of Jathika Hela Urumaya(JHU), the Sinhala Buddhist nationalist party. Polannaruwa borders the Batticaloa District. The Bubula monk told Police that the Tamil youth were bound for the east but that he was unaware that they were armed.

The monk claimed that the youth were sent to him by the JHU headquarters in Colombo, Police sources said.

Meanwhile, around midnight a source at the Hingurakgoda Police said the arrested youth were yet to be brought to the station.

Meanwhile, media sources in Hingurakgoda said frantic moves were afoot Monday evening to get youth released.

They are suspected to members of a paramilitary which is backed by Sri Lanka army intelligence, the media sources said.

The Tigers have accused this paramilitary of murdering their cadres, a journalist and an academic in Batticaloa.

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The Hingurakgoda magistrate Tuesday released fourteen Tamil youth who were arrested with assault rifles and bombs by Sri Lanka Police in a village Buddhist temple in Hingurakgoda Monday evening. They were enlarged on personal surety bail, Police said. Possession of illegal weapons is a unbailable offense under Sri Lankan law.

Sinhala nationalist media in Colombo did not report the arrest.

Meanwhile, the head of LTTE’s political division in Batticaloa, Mr. E. Kousalyan said that he had conveyed message to Deputy Inspector General (Eastern Range), Mr. Nevil Wijesingha, confirming the identities of the fourteen youth as members of the renegade commander Karuna’s group.

Police sources said that the released youth, who did not know any Singhalese were escorted out of court by persons from the Sri Lanka army intelligence.

”Now it is very obvious that the Sri Lankan authorities are conniving with their military intelligence and Police to gather, arm and send stragglers of the Karuna group to murder innocents and sabotage the peace. ”What happened today is a travesty of justice”, Mr. Kousalyan said.

He further pointed out that a group of LTTE cadres who were arrested by Sri Lanka Police with a box of cartridges in Batticaloa in early 2003 are still in custody because the courts refuse to grant them bail.

Police sources in Hingurakgoda who were involved in the arrest of the armed youth said that they (the youth) had told them that they were on their way to the Thoppigala jungles in the Baticaloa District. LTTE has military bases in this region.

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The Liberation Tigers in Batticaloa Sunday charged that the Sri Lanka army intelligence was providing telephone facilities to an associate of renegade commander Mr. Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan (Karuna) who is in prison in the eastern town for possessing weapons illegally. “We have clear proof now that ‘Satchi Master’ is giving phone interviews from his cell in the Batticaloa jail to a Tamil weekly and a radio station which are backed by Sri Lanka military intelligence,” a senior LTTE official in the eastern district said Sunday.

“Satchi Master is giving these phone interviews and statements under the name Maran,” the LTTE official said.

“As almost all his associates have abandoned ‘Karuna’, his backers in the Sri Lanka military intelligence have had no other option but to masquerade a prisoner as the new spokesman for the renegade,” he said.

“Sri Lanka army intelligence is compelling Batticaloa jail officials to provide telephone facilities to ‘Satchi Master’ for giving live interviews to the radio station which is being run with the full backing of the Sri Lanka army’s Directorate of Military Intelligence and the Directorate of Psychological Operations,” he added.

Meanwhile, Col. Ramesh, LTTE’s special commander for the Batticaloa-Amparai District, said: “We are carefully monitoring and studying these developments. It would be prudent on the part of the Sri Lankan military not to mistake our patience and judicious approach for inaction.”

The Tigers sacked ‘Satchi Master’ (Mr. Kanapathipillai Mahendran) from their military in the Amparai district in 2002, accusing him of embezzling funds entrusted to him for purchasing supplies for their camps in the Kanjikudichcha Aaru jungles.

Soon after declaring that he was separating from the LTTE, the renegade regional leader ‘Karuna’ recalled ‘Satchi Master’ and made him military commander for the Amparai District.

Police in Kattankudy, five kilometres south of Batticaloa arrested ‘Satchi Master’ and four of his men while travelling in a van with weapons and grenades in March.

Police sources in Batticaloa said that Satchi Master’s vehicle was apprehended in Batticaloa town the same day but was released after an officer from the local unit of the Sri Lanka army intelligence intervened and secured their release.

But Kattankudy Police had sought a written request from the SLA intelligence when it intervened again to seek the release of ‘Satchi Master’ and his colleagues later that day.

The four were remanded when they were produced in Batticaloa courts on 31 March 2004. As there is no bail for the illegal possession of dangerous weapons, their remand continues to be extended.

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“We have very reliable evidence now that the Sri Lanka army is using Karuna as a pretext to murder and to create mayhem in Batticaloa. We have indubitable proof that he is working with the Sri Lankan military intelligence. The Liberation Tigers will not recommence meetings with the Sri Lanka army while the Sri Lankan government and its military continue to harbour Karuna and continue to instigate murder and confusion in Batticaloa. We made this clear to the head of the monitoring mission today”, said Mr. S.P Thamilchelvan speaking to the press Monday in Kilinochchi.

SLMM LTTE meeting

“There have also been problems and confusion in connection with the cease fire agreement after this government came to power– particularly regarding land and sea movements. We told the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) that we cannot accept the attitude of the Sri Lankan government in this regard”, the head of the LTTE’s political division said, answering question at the conclusion of a meeting with the head of the SLMM, Maj. Gen. (ret) Trond Furuhovde Monday at the LTTE’s peace secretariat in Kilinochchi.

Responding to a question about the future in the light of these developments, he said, “The future of the ceasefire agreement and the peace talks is not in our hands now. It is in the hands of the Sri Lanka army, SLMM and the Norwegian facilitators”.

“We have now confirmed beyond any doubt that the army is using Karuna as a pretext to murder and to create confusion in Batticaloa. The cadres who were with Karuna under the protection of the Sri Lankan military intelligence have revealed many facts about what really took place. It is also confirmed that the Sri Lankan military intelligence was behind the killing of journalist Nadeasan and the Batticaloa university academic Thambaiah”, Mr. Thamilchelvan said.

Head of the Thamil Eelam Police Service, Mr. B. Nadesan was associated with Mr. Thamilchelvan at the meeting with the SLMM Friday.

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