Tiger civilian forces in Vakarai?
The first blow on the LTTE in one year was the Government Security
forces' retaliation and the fall of Sampur. Later it was humanitarian
operation in Mavilaru to save over 15,000 farmers from the Tiger
This signalled the Tigers to run away from the East and confined to a
small enclave of Vakarai. From Vakarai, they used over 30,000 Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a human shield to discourage retaliation
from the security forces.
However IDPs who were fed up of LTTE acts, many of them braved
dangerous trekking through the jungles, lagoons and landmines to escape
to the cleared areas.
The latest propaganda campaign undertaken by various LTTE
sympathisers and pro NGOs is that there is still a shortage of food in
The Government sent 89 lorry loads of food to Vakarai last month
which is sufficient for 20,000 people for another three months and
according to reports, 10,000 people have escaped from Vakarai by now.
Then the simple arithmetic proves that food sent to Vakarai would be
enough for those 10,000 for another three months.
A food shortage in Vakarai is remote unless the food meant for
civilians was robbed by the Tigers.
At the same time, if 10,000 people wanted to escape despite the
danger it means that there is possibility for others to follow suit.
It is reported that the families belonging to Mahaveer or pro LTTE
supporters and relatives of the cadres and a few other families still
remain in Vakarai.
On an earlier occasion, in one of our former defence columns, Bull's
Eye reported that the LTTE gave military training to civilians.
If the remaining civilians in Vakarai do not want to escape, they
could be those trained by the LTTE as civilian forces.
The LTTE's major strategy is to send such cadres to the front and
when they are killed, to use their dead bodies for false propaganda
alleging that the government is targeting civilians to gain
The LTTE uses this ploy when such people are killed when air strikes
target selected LTTE training bases.
Ellalan force target civilians
With the attacks on civilians buses in Pasyala and Seenigama killing
over 20 innocent passengers including women and children, the LTTE's
dastardly force has started to show the Tiger's desperation after their
camps fell one after the other to the Government forces and the STF.
The STF took over the Stanley base and Janak camp last week which
were Tigers strategic bases to launch attacks in the area, and the
forces would run over Vakarai soon, the only Tiger hold in the East.
With the fall of Vakarai, the LTTE's terrorism would come to an end in
the East, opening a new era for the people in the East.
In this backdrop, the Tiger strategy was to draw the forces'
attention to other areas; they have ordered their coward supplementary
forces, the Ellalan Force to launch attacks on civilians in other areas.
Security forces, police and the civilians know this old gimmick better
now as the Tigers had made such desperate efforts every time in their
history of barbarism for over two and half decades.
Successive governments fell presto to such gimmick as the
international community put pressure on them, but even the international
community is well aware of such dirty tricks of the LTTE, and they
apparently feel different to put pressure on the government when the
government makes a sincere effort to save the innocent civilians from
the jaws of Tiger terrorists.
The Government would not bow to the Tiger hegemony or their terrorism
and it would only consider to suspend retaliation only if the Tigers
would show a sincere willingness for negotiation.
Certain INGOs have admitted that they have no access to uncleared
areas, used Government statistics and interpreted them to show that
there was a food shortage in Vakarai and Jaffna, for whose benefits are
they manipulating stories? Only God knows.
Moragahakanda to irrigate the East
While the Security Forces are operating in the East with much
sacrifice to liberate the East from the Tiger hold, the Government on
the other hand has arrangements to go ahead with the country's largest
irrigation development plan to provide water to the East. The first mega
project and the last phase of the Mahaweli project to be completed with
local funds would commence work by the end of this month.
The much-awaited project would no doubt usher in a new era of
prosperity to the East and would be a boon to the agricultural and
The devastated area and its economy would regain its prosperity
benefiting from the waters of Moragahakanda to overcome the disaster
caused in the area during the two and half decades hostilities. No
successive Government in the past was able to manage the conflict in the
East other than the present Government in order to create a conducive
environment to go ahead with such a mega project while allocating huge
funds from its budget.
It is the bounden duty of the residents of the East to show their
solidarity with the Government to eradicate terrorism in the East and
use the new infrastructure facilities and development drive to rebuild
their lost economies and social life to gain a better future for
generations to come.
Refugees to India from uncleared areas
A recent survey revealed that majority refugees to India were from
the uncleared areas in Wanni. Failing to endure the continuous suffering
at the hands of the Tigers, they pay their life's savings to human
smugglers to escape to India, as they fear that the LTTE would punish
them if they stay in cleared areas.
The main intention of these escapees is to save their children from
the Tigers as no parent wants to see their children to be trained in
combat operations and carry arms against the Government's security
The survey also revealed that the Indian Tamils abhor the Tigers and
their heinous acts but they show solidarity with the innocent Tamil
speaking people, which should not be interpreted that they are
supporting the Tigers.
The Government has been strengthening its political power to find a
solution to the national problems and many from the Opposition have
agreed to support such a national cause.
A strong leadership is imperative to clear the present impasse
towards peace and development which undoubted, President Mahinda
Rajapaksa has in ample measure and it is an optimistic sign of all
stakeholders shedding petty differences and rally round the President to
heal this national wound and save the country from disaster.