Tigers through a testing process
The Tiger outfit is now going through a testing process to get the
upper hand of the situation as they are rapidly losing the ground in the
East and now in the North.
First they tested their air capabilities to panic and disturb the
country on March 26 with their failed attempt to attack Katunayaka Air
They selected the target with the multiple objective of destroying
the fighter jets of the Sri Lanka Air Force and also to cripple the
economy of the country.
But they failed in their endeavour, because they could not reach
their targets effectively but made their second failed attempt to attack
Palaly Air base and the third in Colombo by dropping crude bombs at
Kerawalapitiya gas storage facility and Orugodawatta oil storage
Hindu devotees are free to celebrate a religious ceremony devoted to
Lord Murugan in the Colombo suburb of Wattala.
Now they have realized that it would not be an easy task to fly all
the way from Wanni and drop a few crude bombs in Colombo and fly back to
The LTTE is well aware, despite the fact that Security forces are now
fully equipped to face the challenge, the Forces will effectively face
the challenge mobilizing all available resources with them since the
obsolete air capability of the LTTE is no longer a surprising factor for
The things they expected through the display of their air power did
not come as the way they expected things to happen.
The ultimate result, they received was the international isolation
with many countries out rightly rejecting them as a terror organization.
Neighbouring India too came out with much more security measures to face
such threat from the LTTE as India is well aware of the unpredictable
nature of the Tiger outfit.
Army soldier keeps guard during a ceremony to inaugurate War Heroesâ€™
Month in Colombo. The annual remembrance ceremonies were held
islandwide to pay tribute to thousands of soldiers and police who
were killed in action.
The Tiger outfit lost the faith of India once again as their
duplicitous role was exposed not only to India but also to the entire
international community once the Indian fishing vessel which was
forcibly taken away by the LTTE along with 12 Indian fishermen, was sunk
by Maldivian Coast Guard, while it was engaged in arms smuggling mission
and with the release of 11 fishermen detained by the LTTE.
All these failed attempts were focused on one objective. That was to
bring pressure on the Government, both locally and internationally to
relax the military pressure on the LTTE in the North and in the East.
Exploding bombs proved the fact and once again deeply involved in the
process of proving to the international community that they have no
boundaries to their terror acts though they very frequently lay down
conditions and boundaries in their approach towards democracy.
The Tiger outfit within the last two weeks once again revert to their
older tactic of exploding bombs in Colombo and suburbs. Eight civilians
were killed and 36 people including four STF commandoes were injured in
the claymore explosion in Belek Kade junction, Ratmalana in rush hour
The claymore mine explosion in Ratmalana took place just four days
after the bomb blast in Reclamation in Colombo.
Though the Tiger outfit was able to send shock waves in the South
through these two bombs, as a whole they exhibited their bankrupt
position through these two bombs since they are not in a position to
take major targets such as VVIP targets and economic targets in Colombo
to which they display its capability earlier.
The targets they had taken were soft targets as they are not in a
apposition to accomplish their plans so easily as Security Forces and
the Police has given a severe blow to the nerve centres of the Tiger
network in Colombo and suburbs specially after their failed attempt to
assassinate Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on December 1 last
Many of the sleeper LTTE cadres waiting in Colombo and suburbs had to
flee from Colombo as they feared being arrested by the Security Forces
and the Police with the intensified surveillance in an around Colombo to
nab such sleeper LTTE cadres with the revelation of the fact that many
suicide cadres were awaiting in Colombo disguising themselves as Muslims
while engaged in various jobs giving false names.
Investigations revealed that the suicide cadre who made an attempt on
the life of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa lived in Colombo for
may years disguised as a Muslim three wheeler driver.
With these changes the LTTE, threatened the Sri lankan Government
that they would bring war to Colombo and the South if any attempt was
made to take on their defences in the North and the East could not turn
their words in to action due to far sighted actions taken by the
Security Forces and the Police to strengthen the security in Colombo and
Therefore, the claims of the LTTE political wing leader S.P.
Thamilselvan to bring war to the south is no longer a realistic one for
the LTTE with their broken and shattered network in Colombo.
But they made desperate attempts to put an end to the Security Forces
attempts to contain the Tiger activities in Colombo and suburbs after
putting pressure on the Government once their cadres were frequently
arrested by the Security Forces and the Police. They effectively engaged
in a campaign with the backing of the southern polity to highlight the
arrest of these suspected Tiger cadres as human rights violations by the
Security Forces and the Police.
The prime aim of that attempt too was to bring international
pressures on the Government to put a stop to Government's fight against
Despite their consecutive failures, the Tiger outfit has not yet
given up their efforts to create mayhem in Colombo, the explosive filled
lorry detected at Kotawehera in Nikaweratiya was a classic example to
show that they had not given up the idea of creating a major disaster in
A Police Sergeant at Kotawehera road block on suspicion stopped the
lorry and found it was transporting a load of coconut.
Over one thousand Kilo grams of C4 explosives concealed in side the
lorry packed in 37 bags containing 26 Kgs of C4 explosives and nine bags
containing ten Kgs of explosives with detonate cord were detected from
According to investigations the lorry has been frequently travelled
along this road to familiarize with road blocks in the guise of
If they were given free access to Colombo, the damage they could do
using these explosives cannot be estimated.
The Tiger outfit is making all these attempts as they have realized
the fact that small incidents like Ratmalana and Colombo cannot make a
bigger impact on the people and also to the Government, as they get used
to this type of incidents throughout the three decade long history of
But the LTTE has not given up their task, like the way people in the
south reacting to these incidents by easily forgetting them. They would
resort to new methods if they failed to achieve their objectives through
these tactics as the tiger outfit is now desperately in need of coming
out of the current mess in the North and the East.
They are not willing to come to the negotiation table as the military
balance is no longer with them since the inception of hostilities
between the Security forces and the LTTE in July last year.
According to estimates by the Security Forces 50 per cent of Tiger
fighting capabilities have gone down within the past ten months with
over 2000 cadres killed at the hands of the Security Forces within this
At the same time, a number of cadres have been injured in these
The Tiger outfit too is running short of areas to recruit more Tamil
youth to the outfit as they lost control over the entire eastern
The Tiger leader Velupillai Prabakaran very wisely understood this
situation, when resorting to another tactic to change the situation in
favour of the LTTE.
The mortar attacks on Ethawetunuweva in Weli Oya sector was one such
effort they made to change the situation in favour of the LTTE.
Nearly 600 civilians left the village and had taken shelter in
Parakramapura in the aftermath of the incident where the village came
under LTTE attack on two consecutive days, first killing one soldier and
injuring four civilians and secondly injuring one Army officer a soldier
and few civilians.
It has been learnt that the Tiger mortar fire had come from
Nedunkerni direction where LTTE was having their gun positions. One
objective expected by the LTTE through this attack has already been
achieved with civilians fleeing from their villages.
That was what the Tiger outfit was expecting through these attacks.
When people flee from their villages the Tiger outfit will be definitely
be benefited from this situation as the Tigers can move freely in that
area and can create a land route connecting Weli Oya sector with the
Tigers trapped in Peraru jungles.
On the other hand the pressures put on the Government and then on the
Security Forces by these displaced civilians will resulted in military
operation in the Weli Oya sector compelling the Security Forces to
induct additional troops to the area.
At a time Security Forces heavily engaged in the West of Omanthai and
east of Madhu area, the LTTE will greatly benefit from this situation as
the concentration of the Security Forces will be divided into two
People leave villages
But according to ground sources these people had left their villages
not in fear of the Tiger mortar attacks. They made use of this
opportunity to pressuring the Government to come and solve their
problems that had been existed for more than decades. Many of the people
in Weli Oya sector are facing administrative problems as they do not
come under one administrative district.
For administrative purposes they come under Mullaitivu district and
they do not get any opportunity to go to Mullaitivu to attend their
At the same time students also facing problems though they come under
Mullaitivu district, for education purpose they have been classified
under Vavuniya district putting them in more disadvantageous situation.
According to officials there in Weli Oya, Parakramapura, they have
left their villages to draw the attention of the Government and the
Ministers towards their problems.
Therefore, it is incumbent upon the Government officials and the
Minister s to visit them and solve their problems speedily so that they
can be resettled in their villages ensuring their safety.
However, the Government is continuing with its fight against
terrorism fearlessly committing themselves for a negotiated settlement
to the North east problem.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has given clear indication that he would
continue the fight against terrorism to see an end to the problem saying
that he would not kneel down before Prabhakaran for the sake of peace.
Therefore any external pressures on the Government should also recall
the fact that LTTE was not willing to accept the political solution
provided through the Indo Sri Lanka Peace Agreement.
The LTTE resorted to violence and even assassinated Rajiv Gandhi, the
person initiated to bring the LTTE into negotiation table.