Monday, April 14, 2008


Fleeing LTTE cadres complain of heightened Tiger atrocities

JAFFNA: The incidents of child recruitment and forcible conscription are on the rise in the Wanni and is getting worse with each passing day, a Sea Tiger escapee told the Daily News.

Following an appeal by Security Forces to LTTE cadres to surrender with the promise of transforming their lives, around 54 Tiger cadres including Sea Tiger cadres and sympathisers had given themselves up at the Rehabilitation Centre in Jaffna during the last three months.

The Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1995 for LTTE surrendees but this was disrupted due to the continuing conflict in the Northern front. The Security Forces once again reactivated the Centre in February and placed in direct charge under the Presidential Secretariat.


Sunday, April 13, 2008


Surrendered LTTE militants want to leave country

Jaffna (PTI): The LTTE militants and sympathisers who have surrendered are putting pressure on the Sri Lankan government to arrange for overseas jobs for them, fearing assassination at the hands of the Tamil Tigers for having deserted the outfit.

"We always fear for our life by the LTTE though we have been put up in well guarded buildings," the former LTTE activists told a group of journalists here recently.
One of them even threatened to commit suicide if he was not sent out of the camp soon for a job abroad. "My family is managing by selling our remaining ornaments. We cannot last long. I have seven dependents. If I am not given an overseas job along with a air ticket you may find me hanging," a former Tiger rebel said.

According to officials some of them were in a mentally disturbed state, after having worked under tough and hostile conditions for the Tigers. Some of the former LTTE sympathisers in the camp who interacted with the reporters also desired to go abroad quickly so that they could settle down. The government is arranging for an employment orientation programme for the 54 surrendered activists, a senior military official said, adding, "this would include courses of motor mechanics and other jobs".

A committee under the supervision of the President's office will be monitoring the programme for providing foreign jobs for the surrendered LTTE activists, an official said. The funds are also being arranged for training purposes, the official said adding the tenure of the orientation would vary from six months to one year.

[Source: The Hindu]

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


TAMIL terrorist tigers have claimed another moderate in a suicide bombing. This time it is Jeyaraj Fernandopulle who had staunchly stood opposed to tamil tiger terrorism and had been on their hit list for a while.

News reports originating from Sri Lanka indicate a warning by a foreign intelligence agency about the possibility of a strike against the minister by two tamil tiger suicide bombers spotted in the vicinity.

However the poor quality English in the report makes the content hard to understand. Nevertheless, here's a link to the article;

Saturday, April 5, 2008


COLOMBO: Mannar’s Catholic Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph Friday appealed for assistance from the Vatican to resolve the prevailing volatile security situation in the Madhu Church area. This follows intensified fighting close to the shrine that led to the sacred statue of ‘Our Lady of Madhu’ being moved out of the Church and deep into uncleared areas in the north, for the first time in four centuries. Controversy surrounds the removal of the sacred statue, with many questioning why it was moved into an un- cleared area instead of taking it to the Bishop’s House in Mannar. ..


Rayappu Joseph and his band of Tamil terrorist supporters have launched their own agenda of creating a 'Catholic nation' out of the already failed concept of a mono-ethnic Eelam. The basic idea is a nation in which only Tamil speaking Catholics will be allowed to live in, under rule by fear.

Sri Lanka has been treading softly and cautiously around the issue to avoid a confrontation with the Vatican, which weilds more power than most nations on earth. Nevertheless a catalytic event is looming on this front, as the result of a gradual build up towards an eventual religious confrontation as a result of Bishop Rayappu Joseph's actions. Sri Lanka needs to step out of its apprehensions and deal firmly with this terrorist in a cassock.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

'Just a true Canadian': alleged Tiger bagman

MAPLE, Ont. -Prapa Thambithurai lives in a suburban duplex north of Toronto, near the looping roller coaster tracks and fake theme park mountains of Canada's Wonderland.
"I'm just a true Canadian," is how he described himself.
But police allege the 45-year-old satellite dish installer, who emigrated from Sri Lanka two decades ago, is also a bagman for the Tamil Tigers, the guerrilla group that pioneered suicide bombings.

Friday, March 28, 2008


COLOMBO: Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara Thursday said that the LTTE was now disposing of the bodies of their cadres killed in battle without handing them over to the parents."The depleted LTTE is adopting this ruse because a large number of Tiger cadres have been killed in confrontations with the security forces and if their bodies were handed over to the parents or their families, as in the past it would hamper their recruitment drive," he said.
During the past few weeks the troops recovered a large number of decomposed bodies of LTTE cadres thrown into the jungles after they died in battle, he said.


COLOMBO: According to a report we carried in our inside pages yesterday 44 ex-LTTE combatants who are undergoing rehabilitation at a centre in Tellipalai, Jaffna are in high spirits and happy with their treatment. Included in the programme are visits by religious leaders to the Centre for counselling and other measures to induct them into a livelihood that would one day enable them to enter society and be accepted as worthy citizens. While it may take time for these once hardcore LTTE fighters to shake themselves off their brutalised psyche the effort is a truly worthy exercise given that these unfortunate youth had no say or choice in their predicament. According to the report these hapless youth were following the diktats of the senior LTTE cadres under pain of death. There maybe many others of their ilk who are similarly trapped and waiting for an opportunity to break free. The recent spate of defections by LTTE child soldiers is a clear indication of this that also provides a sample of the life behind the iron curtain.