LTTE cadres surrender in large numbers
Outfit in total disarray
The LTTE cadres in the North are now surrendering to the Armed Forces
following dissatisfaction in the organisation. According to defence
sources, the outfit is in total disarray with several senior cadres
including the leader of the political wing of the LTTE S.P. Thamilselvan
expressing dissatisfaction over the current stance taken by the LTTE
leader Velupillai Prabhakaran to ignore the political approach and to
concentrate more on the military build-up.
The defence sources added that more than seven LTTE cadres
surrendered to the Armed Forces along with their weapons on Friday in
the outskirts of the Wanni and added that more were to follow suit.
With major air attacks by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) on the
LTTE's military base at Vishwamadu, the LTTE cadres in the Forward
Defence Lines (FDLs) in the Wanni are now surrendering daily to the Army
and Police as they fear that the Security Forces are planning a major
According to Defence Ministry sources, seven LTTEers surrendered to
the Police and two other terrorists to the Sri Lanka Army yesterday.
Informed sources told the 'Sunday Observer' that the morale of the LTTE
cadres in the FDLs is very low with the major defeats on the LTTE after
they lost their floating warehouses a few weeks ago and the recent
attack on their regimental complex - Imbran Pandyan- in Vishwamadu, west
of Pudukudiyurippu, Mullaithivu.
"The LTTE cadres surrendered to the Security Forces after we started
attacking the main targets of the LTTE. The cadres have lost faith on
account of attacks on their lives and property", the sources said.
Following intelligence information, SLAF fighter jets bombed the
regimental complex, where a meeting of high-ranking LTTE leaders was
being held. The location is believed to be one of the LTTE's main
According to informed sources, it is believed that some top LTTE
leaders, who were participating in the meeting at the Complex, were
killed by the air strikes.
A spokesman for the Media Centre for National Security said that a
large number of vehicles belonging to the LTTE were also destroyed by
the Kfir and Mig fighter jets which pounded the Pudukudiyiruppu area. A
large arsenal built underground in the same area was also destroyed by
Defence sources also said that the LTTE was now busy conscripting
members in the Wanni for its fighting cadres irrespective of age and
Meanwhile, several pro-LTTE supporters abroad have also called upon
the organisation to give up its preparations for an onslaught and return
to the negotiating table, the sources said.