“Awi gaththo awiyenma nasithi – Those who live by the sword, die by the sword”
4th Vijayaba Infantry unit recovers Prabhakarans body and is positively Identified by Karuna Amman.
Prabhakaran’s death is established primarily through circumstantial evidence. The remains of an individual with very similar physical structure to Prabhakaran has been discovered and tests are being performed to establish his identity beyond reasonable doubt.
The Army needs no testing to establish the LTTE leader’s death. Certain sections of the media have misreported the circumstances surrounding Prabha’s death. We wish to correct these records with the following account in chronological order with certain sections left-out for obvious reasons.
Prabhakaran’s final hours
Only 3 LTTE leaders, other than Prabhakaran and his wife, knew of his whereabouts. Other than his son Charles Anthony, the only other LTTE leaders who knew where he was was Poddu Ammaan, the Intelligence Chief and the head of the LTTE’s Medical Unit, Reagan.
The latter was taken in and detained for days until Military Intelligence got hold of him. Until then Regan had pretended he did not know Prabhakaran’s whereabouts. Thanks to Reagan’s information, MI officers had clearly identified Prabhakaran’s lair by 16th evening/17th dawn.
They uncovered an elaborate plan by Prabhakaran and gang to breach the 53 FDL. The plan was to cross the lagoon to Mullaitivu-Weli Oya Jungles, from there to reach the Eastern Province (Batticaloa/Ampara) via Trincomalee, where ‘Colonel’ Ram’s team was waiting.
Within hours of this warning, on 17th May at dawn, Tigers had started their final operation. A daring sea borne operation was launched. All Army Divisions, forewarned, reacted swiftly but the Tigers managed to breach the FDL of the 53 Division at its weakest and take-out several bunkers killing 15 SLA. They also seized an Army Ambulance.
Moments later, the 53 Division retaliated. A hail of RPG rockets were fired. Around 200 LTTE cadres had died in the attack. 30 bodies were reduced to ashes. Limbs of the LTTE’s best were scattered all over the place. The captured ambulance was also hit in the melee and burnt swiftly.
It was upon investigating the ambulance that 3 bodies, one of which resembled Prabhakaran’s body structure was discovered. The body was blackened and beyond facial/physical recognition. But the Army knew it may very well be Prabhakaran. There was no other way for him to escape.
Prabhakaran should have been killed either in the box-in by the Special Forces, the retaliation by the 53 or he should have died injured somewhere along the lagoon. The closest to his remains have been found only inside the charred ambulance.
One of the hardcore cadres captured alive in the attack claimed Prabhakaran was shot and injured in the fight. But he had heard it from an eyewitness, another hardcore cadre who was killed.
The charred bodies, including the one believed to be Prabhakaran were captured by the 53 Division, but were taken away by another Division.
Some 400 bodies were captured by the Army. 1,2, and 5 Special Forces led the clearing operation. The remains may include, in future, missing leaders from the list publicized by the government such as Lawrence, Karikalan, Papa, Ilanthirayan etc.
The remains of top leaders like Poddu, Bhanu and Soosei were identified. Soosei was fighting till 17th evening until the Special Forces rid him of his mysery once and for all. He and Swarnam were the last brave LTTE leaders who held their ground and fought while others were trying to flee the scene.
The fate of the ‘missing’ tiger leaders from the publicized government list will be ‘filled’ in due course!
It remains to be seen whether or not the LTTE can survive as a guerrilla outfit, carrying out random terrorist attacks in the country. This however is unlikely now with the top tiger leadership being killed by the army.
Prabhakaran no more. Others dead too.
The Sri Lanka Army has recovered, what appears to be the remains of LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and the bodies of his key aides. The remains of 250 LTTE leaders and their bodyguards have been recovered.
We can now confirm that the remains are indeed of Prabhakaran and his key leaders. The exact details of their demise will be discussed in time.
As we reported yesterday, the Army’s 1 and 2 Special Forces, incidentally the two Special Forces Regiments who fought to regain Mullaitivu Base over a decade ago and the Commando Regiment are discovering the remains ‘in order of importance’ with assistance provided by the MIC.
Prabhakaran and his clan are nowehere to be found. Clearing operations started in an area 200m x 200m by the Special Forces. If Prabhakaran is hiding in this last uncleared patch or his remains are in the area, they would be found.
Some surrendered LTTE leaders say Prabhakaran had escaped while others said he was still there when they left the area. At the time of writing, Prabha and his cohort’s whereabouts or fate was still unclear.
There was however a strong suspicion that Prabhakaran, Poddu, Kabil Ammaan, Soosei, Bhanu, Lakshman, Lawrence, Jeyam, Velavan and Rathna Master etc have either escaped by sea or broken free and made a dash towards the Mullaitivu-Weli Oya Jungles.
The LTTE launched a massive attack near Nanthikadal Lagoon today. The area was under the control of the 53 Division. The line was breached and some 15 SLA were killed while 70 Tigers were aso killed in fierce fighting. If Prabha escaped in this attack, it can then be assumed that he is inside the Mullaitivu-Weli Oya Jungles.
The other possibility is the sea route. Reliable sources told DefenceWire that even Soosei’s family was ‘arrested’ in the high seas, having been detected late. If Prabha and clan indeed escaped and took this route, he would have left after this escape attempt took place.
Among the high-profile Tigers confirmed dead was Swarnam, the leader from Trincomalee, a loyal aid of Prabhakaran who was killed in retaliatory artillery fire. Sea Tiger Leader Chelian has surrendered to SLA this morning.
The head of Prabhakaran’s Sniper Team, the head of the Black Tigers training program and dead female leader Vithusha’s 2IC had also surrendered, bringing the total to around 2000 LTTE cadres surrendered.
Prabha to commit suicide
Prabhakaran and a few of his cohorts are now completely surrounded and are expected to commit suicide within the next 24hrs, thus ending a 30 year-old bloody conflict once and for all.
There is no heavy fighting at this moment as regular troops engage in clearing operations removing civilians from the area. The LTTE has given up the fight!
President Mahinda Rajapakse is expected to make a speech on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning to declare the victory. He is expected to land tomorrow morning.
Middle-level LTTE leaders are surrendering in large numbers. High profile leaders like Poddu, Soosei, Bhanu, Rathnam etc are still alive with their leader and have surrounded themselves with several hundred civilians. They are expected to blow themselves up. The Army expects the civilians to escape before this suicide.
Among those who surrendered today was the wife of LTTE Political Wing Leader Thamil Selvan. She was caught with her new lover while escaping from the LTTE.
The Army has now withdrawn the cream of its fighting units. Yesterday’s operation to rescue civilians was conducted primarily by fresh Special Forces recruits from 4 SF who drew a cable and inflated tyre tubes to save trapped civilians crossing the lagoon/sea.
The 59, for example, is operating with a batallion of 4SF but primarily with 1 Mechanized Infantry with two platoons from 3 Mechanized Infantry in the reserve. Since what is left now is a clearing operation, the going is easy for them.
Prabha’s last night
By the time this report is being compiled, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are preparing for its last attack. A meeting was called a few hours ago by Soosei who literally handed-over his family to the Navy (appears to the public as a capture by the Navy) calling on Black Sea Tigers to launch a series of attacks targeting the 58 and the 59 Divisions.
The two Divisions are expected to link-up shortly thus sealing shut the coastal zone and completely land locking the Tigers. The 59 Division faced stiff resistance as they approached the area closest to Prabhakaran’s known location.
Tigers shifted much of its attack formations towards the 59, making it increasingly clear that Prabhakaran was still in this suspected location. They even launched a series of sea borne suicide attacks completely decimating, in one occasion, two bunkers killing 15 soldiers.
The Tigers then attempted to repeat the attack but were completely massacred by the 59. This fierce fighting and tactical advantage gained by the 58 allowed the Division to move forward, thus creating the grounds for the link-up, which should take place tonight or at dawn tomorrow.
The 58 Division’s 2 Commando Regiment and the Special Forces battalion leading the 59 Division will face much of the brunt of any Sea Tiger attacks tonight or tomorrow. A SF battalion is stationed as a reserve for the 58 as well.
All fighting formations are eager to finish this battle by tomorrow evening at the latest!
The LTTE has lost total control over the civilians. Thousands are expected to flee within the next 24 hours to government controlled areas.
A total of 11,000 civilians have now reached the government’s side by this evening. 5000 reached Vavuniya yesterday. Another 6000 have just reached government areas. Another 50,000 still remain.
The LTTE has told these civilians to give then 24hrs, until after the 16th when they except an Indian intervention, which will not be coming.
We have received HIGHLY credible reports that the SLA has located the whereabouts of Prabhakaran. This vital piece of information was received from an LTTE ‘Doctor’ named Susiran who visited Prabhakaran on the 10th to treat Sithamparathasan, the head of the Ratha Regiment and LTTE Leader V. Pripaharan’s chief close protection officer who was injured in the Ananthapuram Box-in by the Special Forces and Commandos.
The 152 LTTE hardcore cadres who some say surrendered to the Army have subsequently ‘vanished’. The LTTE ‘Doctor’ was also from the Ratha Regiment. He served as Prabhakaran’s “Escort Leader” for 3 years before leaving the unit for medical training.
There is a very high likelihood that Prabhakaran might not live to see dusk over Mullaitivu coast on Sunday!
3 recent explosions were heard during the last week. 2 were weapons dumps hit by SLA artillery. One remains unknown, but is also thought to be a weapons dump blasted by the Tigers themselves.
The Tigers have also burnt vehicles, a large quantity of valuable documents, computers etc.
Rats from the sinking ship
Like rats from a sinking ship, senior, junior and greenhorn cadres as well as family members of the Tigers who have cold feet have started running towards the Army for ultimate safety having lost all confidence in their leader and cause.
In addition to the much publicized ‘capture’ of Soosei’s family, an LTTE ship captain has also ‘surrendered’. This individual has revealed vital information regarding the LTTE’s shipping fleet. The individual’s own ship had been blown-up by the Navy in 2005.
Among others who surrendered are 3 LTTE high-profile singers, including Shanthan who used to sing praise for Prabhakaran, Black Tigers etc at various events, for videos etc.