LTTE lays landmines to stop fleeing civilians
Becoming more fierce on civilians, who are trying to breakthrough the
gates of the LTTE hell-hole, the Tigers have recently laid a swathe of
land mines, in the densely populated LTTE controlled areas -
Theravikulam, Visuamadu and Puthukudiyirippu in Mullaitivu to prevent
the civilians fleeing to the government controlled areas.
Civilians fleeing an LTTE held area
According to intelligence sources, the Tigers, in a desperate attempt
to hold ground in the wake of the heavy military push, are trying to
retain the civilians by all means while burying large amount of
anti-personnel mines around FDLs to keep the forcefully recruited young
cadres in captivity. Knowing that they are at the losing end, most of
the young cadres have started abandoning the outfit despite the
stringent punishments given by the LTTE.
The sources said that a group of LTTE cadres consist of over 150 who
have abandoned the LTTE and are now hiding in jungles as they are unable
to flee to liberated areas to surrender. Recently fierce fighting took
place between the run away cadres and the LTTE political cadres who came
in search of those who abandoned the outfit. With its dwindling cadre
strength to deploy to face the troops advancing from nine fronts to
liberate 350 square kms, the LTTE leadership has instructed to cut down
the month long combat training for cadres to two weeks.
LTTE can't cope
Those fighting cadres, who have a tag issued by the LTTE after the
enrolment, are entitled to relief packets, but those families whose
members refused to join are left without rations. Unable to cope up with
the daily death rate which exceeds 15, the LTTE has now forgotten to pay
their respects to the dead. The massive cemetery at the Theravikulam in
Visuamadu has expanded by clearing the surrounding jungles and over 100
newly dug grave yards are kept standby.
According to the civilians who came from Visuamadu, 2,000 to 3,000
cadres were buried in the cemetery. However, the LTTE faces difficulties
in handing over the dead bodies to the kith and kin as the angry
relatives assault the cadres who come with bodies of their children.
This has led the LTTE to bury the dead bodies without notifying the
The sources said that the young LTTErs who were forcefully recruited
to the outfit, surrender to the Army abandoning the outfit.
The LTTE is facing difficulty in treating the casualties due to lack
of medical staff, facilities and vehicles. The LTTE leadership has
ordered to kill the badly injured cadres and most of the other carders
with minor injuries were left unattended to.
Informed sources said that the senior hardcore LTTE cadres have also
fled to the liberated areas mingling with the refugees. The civilians
said that the LTTE cadres fight without the instructions of the top
leaders. For the last few weeks they have not seen a single leader.
According to the civilians, the second rung LTTE leaders were plying on
roads in luxury vehicles.
Meanwhile, LTTE had prevented an attempt of civilians who came in
lorries, tractors and landmasters with whatever belongings they could
carry with them from fleeing a few days ago.
To liberated areas
A long queue with over 75,000 people with the young and the old were
lined from Puthukudiyirippu to Theravikulam to enter the liberated
areas, but the LTTE had surrounded the civilians and beaten those who
stepped further disobeying their command and later the LTTE had killed
over 10 civilians when they opened fire to disperse the mass exodus of
The bodies of the dead civilians were displayed in an inhuman way to
make the people aware of their fate if they attempt to flee. Some who
spoke against the LTTE were taken to the LTTE torture camps at Visuamadu
and Puthukudiyirippu later.
The intelligence sources believe that this trend would increase
during the next few weeks and civilians would flee to the liberated
areas despite all strong warnings, beatings and shootings by the LTTE
which put the civilians forward to prevent the military stepping into
their remaining small portion of land.
The sources confirmed that the LTTE used the four km long stretch of
State declared safe zones from Udayarkattu junction and the Yellow
Bridge on the A-35 Puthukudiyiruppu, Paranthan main road upto Iruthumadu
and south of Iruthumadu upto Thevipuram to attack the advancing troops.
It is said that they have based their artillery and mortar gun
positions in the safe zones taking the displaced civilians to ransom.
With the LTTE, which is the self-proclaimed sole representative of
the Tamils, putting lives of thousands of Tamils into risk, the warnings
and requests are now being directed to the LTTE to release its human
Among them was the request by UN,Amnesty International and the former
Peace Envoy from Japan Yasushi Akashi who asked the LTTE to allow the
civilians to make their way to the liberated areas. "The LTTE should not
be allowed to use civilians as human shields", he said.