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Archive for April 12th, 2008

Sri Lankan soldiers patrol along the ‘de facto’ frontline in the Jaffna Peninsula, April 6. Sri Lanka marked its traditional new year Sunday with government forces and Tamil separatists locked in fierce combat resulting in losses on both sides, defence officials said.

Sri Lanka Army infantrymen backed by artillery gained a significant area of ground by driving off the terrorists on the Mannar front further into the Wanni non-liberated areas. As troops commenced their military onslaught early in the morning, day long fighting reported from Kattankulam, Udaiyadi, Munkilmurichchan , Ilantaivan areas. Also, snipers deployed in the Puliyankulam Malikaittidal, Vannakulam, Parayakulam and Ittikandal, claimed gunning down of 7 LTTE cadres.

According to the reports received by this morning (April 13), intercepted radio transmissions have confirmed terrorists numbering 77 killed and at least 26 others injured on Mannar front alone. In addition, 12 soldiers died in the battle while 29 others suffered injuries, reports revealed.

During these operations, 8 LTTE bunkers located at various positions on the battlefront came under army. During the search operations conducted so far 1 body of slain LTTE cadres have been found.

According to the defence sources in the area, LTTE cadres in the frontlines were in a desperate situation in the face of military advance as the terrorists leaders leading the battle from the back failed to send sufficient reinforcements. Terror leaders Bhanu, Lakshman , Selvi and Ramesh were heard in the radios from their command posts miles behind the frontlines pleading their reserves in Palamodai area to move forward but failed as the junior cadres refused to comply, the sources said. In absence of any casualty evacuation arrangements, LTTE leaders cast down to the calling of help from the withdrawing LTTE cadres , the sources added.

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The world’s most ruthless terrorists always had a special affiliation to places of religious worship. Like predators hang around waterholes for prey, LTTE terrorists dwell around religious shrines. If atrocities against religious shrines are added-up, there is no other terror group in the whole wide world that can challenge the LTTE.

LTTE terrorists drew its first blood killing a senior Tamil politician – Alfred Duraiappah, Mayor of Jaffna in the mid 1970s while he was praying in a famous Hindu temple in Jaffna. Since then there was no turning back. A number of Hindu temples were desecrated by the LTTE for its terror campaign. In the mid 1980s LTTE terrorists sprayed bullets on pilgrims at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, one of the most sacred Buddhist places of worship in the country.

A large number of Buddhists died right under the watchful eyes of gods. In 1987 terror struck again. This time victims were Buddhist monks, mostly young monks (samaneras). Terrorists massacred more than thirty monks in the most barbaric style imaginable. During the time of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), LTTE used human shields with a touch of novelty. Scores of people were packed into churches in the north. Thereafter LTTE would fire at Indian planes and helicopters from the church attracting swift and ferocious attacks on the church killing everyone inside.

This practice was aimed at discrediting India (a Hindu majority country) in the eyes of the Christian West. It was so widespread that a former tiger strongwoman RajiniThiranangama broke ranks with them and started exposing the sheer barbarity of the LTTE until she was silenced by the tigers. In early 1990s tigers attacked a large number of mosques in the East in an attempt to ethnically cleanse Muslims from the region. Hundreds were brutally killed during Friday mid-day prayers in repeated attacks. These are just a summary of innumerable attacks LTTE has unleashed on places of religious worship. Knowing the history of Tamil Tigers brutality helps understand why they are using the Holy Madhu Shrine as a human shield.

In selecting its targets, Tamil Tigers consider both terrorist and propaganda needs of their outfit. While it is important to hold on to the Madhu area as it provides LTTE terrorists with a safe sanctuary unthinkable in the battlefront, it is also important for them to trick the world into believing that the Sri Lankan military attacks places of religious worship. The importance of Madhu is even higher as it is a Catholic shrine of some international repute.

Madhu is undoubtedly the most revered Catholic shrine in the country that attracted hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all parts of the country before the LTTE started it’s bloody terror campaign in the mid 1970s. Things took a really nasty turn by the mid 1980s when open war broke out. Therefore the fourth reason for the LTTE to occupy Madhu and turn it into a battlefield is to create communal mistrust between Buddhist Sinhalese and Catholic Sinhalese.

Catholic Sinhalese have been a very powerful force against the LTTE and the number of Catholics holding senior government military offices is higher than their population percentage. As usual the LTTE planned their attack on Madhu very well. They got rid of the Catholic Affairs Minister who was the Chief Government Whip at the start of the Madhu liberation campaign by the security forces. This was aimed at liquidating any means of reconciliation between Catholics and Buddhists.

Madhu was under the control of government troops until 2002 when a Norway brokered ‘peace’ deal paved the way for the tigers to invade it and occupy it without a fight. The ‘peace’ deal that was more in the nature of surrender on the part of the government had no checks on the LTTE. It quickly fortified its defences in and around the Madhu shrine in spite of the declaration of a no-war zone. History has proved too often that LTTE is quite incapable of honouring agreements.

Now the security forces have rounded up the Madhu area with a large number of LTTE armed terrorists trapped inside. They are making a valiant attempt to get back the Norwegians to save them as gods have deserted them long ago. LTTE heavy gun positions in the region were also neutralised by the security forces recently adding to further worries of the terror outfit. Now it is just a matter of time since the LTTE is decisively beaten in Madhu which provided them the safest hiding place in the northern battlefront. Tamil Tigers are holding the Shrine to ransom and demand from the government to give up its right to establish law and order throughout the island of Sri Lanka after more than twenty years. This exemplifies the Tigers’ use of human shields.

LTTE is in the forefront of using human shields. Contrary to wide spread beliefs, LTTE terrorists are not hiding in the deep jungles of Vanni. They take to the jungle only to launch attacks on villages bordering it or to launch attacks on the army. Top tiger leaders are hiding near schools, hospitals and populated areas so that it would be difficult for the security forces to get to them. Sri Lanka Air Force bombed an identified LTTE target last November in very close proximity to the Killinochchi Government School injuring the LTTE leader! The latest suicide bomb attack on a senior government minister was done under the cover of a sporting event participated by civilians. The former Indian Premier Rajiv Ghandi was also killed by a LTTE suicide bomber while participating in a public gathering. Such is its skill in exploiting human shields.

Any concession it may get by using the Madhu shrine as a human shield is going to further strengthen its belief that human shields are very effective. Therefore LTTE terrorists should not be allowed to score any victory using human shields. The government should not fall prey to this extortion demand and must continue with its military campaign to liberate the whole north.

If the LTTE gets any concession owing to its use of human shields, that will further approve its conduct. Force must be used to beat the LTTE out of Madhu.

The international community need to come to terms with the reality that as long as the LTTE uses human shields, civilian casualties will remain high. To be constructive the international community must put more pressure on the LTTE to give up human shields.

(Lankaweb)

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A SRI LANKAN YOUTH has been arrested near here for allegedly attempting to smuggle cyanide and chemicals meant for making explosives to the LTTE in the island nation.

Navaneethakrishnan of Jaffna, who is believed to have links with the rebel outfit, was arrested on a tip-off by the “Q” Branch police, which deals with extremist and terrorist organisations, at Sakkimangalam near here yesterday, police said today.

He had come to India in 1986 and had been doing textile business with his brother-in-law.

Another Sri Lankan, Rajan had sought the help of Navaneethakrishnan to smuggle chemicals and cyanide etc along with textile goods. The two had procured the chemicals at Bangalore and hoarded them at Sakkimangalam for smuggling them to Sri Lanka.

Police raided the godown and seized 14 (20 litre) cans of chemical, two (20 litre) cans of chemical mixture and two bottles of cyanide.

A hunt was on to nab Rajan, police said adding Navaneethakrishnan had been remanded to judicial custody for 15 days by a local court last evening.

In another seizure, police today recovered beedis, valued at Rs 1.5 lakh, which were to be smuggled to Sri Lanka, at coastal town of Keezhakarai in Ramanathapuram district and arrested three locals.

(http://www.outlookindia.com/)

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The Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has decided to intensify air and sea surveillance along the coastline to thwart smuggling activities to Sri Lanka and prevent infiltration of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militants into Indian trritorial waters in the wake of escalation of battle between the Lankan forces and the LTTE.

A senior official of the ICG, who did not want to be named told UNI that a decision to this effect was taken at a high-level ‘Special Coastal Meeting’ held in Ramanathapuram for the first time following increase in smuggling activities to Sri Lanka from the coastal villages of Tamil Nadu.

Considering Ramanathapuram town’s close proximity to Sri Lanka, it was decided to further tighten inshore and onshore coastal security, supported by air and sea surveillance by the ICG and Indian Navy, he said.

The meeting chaired by ADGP of ICG Jegan Mohan Seshadri reviewed the security of the 1076 mile long coastline in Tamil Nadu. It was decided to intensify surveillance in 21 unmanned islands between Sri Lanka and India to prevent the activities of anti-social elements and also over the 591 coastal villages and hamlets in Tamil Nadu.

The State police have been advised to properly screen the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, as there was possibility of LTTE militants sneaking into the State in the guise of refugees.

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