Anton Balasingham's death leaves a void, replacement difficult
Navy mauls Sea Tiger squad
The Tiger outfit is losing its self acclaimed international
recognition as liberators of the Tamil community as Tamil people are
fast distancing from the organisation with the realisation of the fact
that the LTTE was the only reason behind their suffering.
With the bloody beating they are getting from ground, sea and air
against their terror network spread across the globe, they are now in
desperate need of an international image boost as they have deprived all
the chances of appearing before international community either as
liberators of the Tamil community or as a ruthless terror organisation.
The widely publicised internal rift within the organisation for the
secondary level leadership apparently between Pottu Amman and Soosai and
the low morale of the Tiger cadres due to their constant defeats in the
face of Security Forces' retaliatory attacks have left no chances for
them to have their much needed recognition.
The death of the LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham, has truly
become an irreparable loss to the outfit as they haven't got any such
leadership who could play a key role to convince the international
community about their cause covering up its real face of terrorism.
It has been proved beyond doubt that Political Leader S. P.
Thamilselvan is ineffective playing its role of giving political face to
its bloody battle with Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran deciding to
push him back to defend the Bunker lines in the Pooneryn sector.
Though the situation within the LTTE organisation remains highly
unfavourable, they are again making a desperate attempt to raise their
head showing the outside world that they still remain strong and united
despite the picture the outside world is having on them.
The reappearance of Sea Tiger leader Soosai to mark 20th death
anniversary of Thileepan is also seen as a desperate attempt by the LTTE
leadership to show off their unity within the organisation, as they are
well aware such a campaign is a must to regain the Tamil community's
faith in them.
Soosai, in his reappearance before public has admitted the
unfortunate incident he had to face in Mullaitivu and the death of his
five year old son. But, intelligence sources raised doubts about the
Soosai reappearance in a fully recovered position, as sources indicated
that his fitness was not quite up to the mark after his unfortunate
However, it is obvious that his reappearance after keeping mum on the
incident for nearly two months, was done in desperation as the outfit
faced severe repercussions due to non revelation of the true facts
behind the incident involving Sea Tiger leader Soosai.
The incident which the Sea Tiger leader had faced seems to be true as
even Security Forces accept him as an active person in the field unlike
other Tiger leaders. The only doubt raised about the incident is as to
why Sea Tiger leader Soosai has taken his five year old son on this
Though Tiger outfit make desperate attempts to make up its lost image
through this reappearance, the Sea Tigers faced yet another blow in the
sea in their bid to evacuate the Tiger cadres trapped in the Peraru and
Kumburupiddi jungles in the North of Trincomalee.
The alerted Naval troops detected the sea movement of the LTTE as
three clusters of Sea Tiger boats including suicide boats sailing
towards the sea from Nayaru in the South of Mullaitivu.
As the Sea Tigers launched 20 boats, the Dvoras patrolling the sea
off Pulmoddai blocked the Tiger boats as they were heading towards
Poduwakattu, in Peraru jungles.
Ten Dvoras from Northern and Eastern Naval Headquarters supported by
12 boats from the Sea borne Squadron surrounded the flotilla of Tiger
boats in the sea South of Pulmoddai around 11 pm on Thursday night.
Despite the reappearance of Sea Tiger leader Soosai on Wednesday
evening the Navy heard Cheliyan who took over the command of the Sea
Tiger Squadron commanding the flotilla of boats heading towards
The Navy foiled the attempts by the Sea Tigers to land in Puduwakattu
with the support of the Sea borne Squadron covering the landside while
20 Dvora gun boats from Northern and Eastern Naval Headquarters firing
at the flotilla of Tiger boats in the South of Pulmoddai.
As sea battle continues, Naval troops in the ground ambushed nearly a
hundred Tiger cadres heading towards the shore to board the boats
heading towards Puduwakattu thwarting their attempts to flee towards
Mullaitivu by sea.
The confrontations continued
for nearly two hours resulting in the death of one sailor.According
to the Navy the Tiger cadres have also suffered heavy damages due to
In the sea battle, three LTTE boats including one suicide boat and
one attack craft destroyed due to Naval fire while four other boats were
seriously damaged compelling the Sea Tigers to halt their mission and
flee towards Nayaru along with their damaged boats.
In the fierce sea battle, a self-styled LTTE "Lieutenant Colonel"
Nishanthan was also confirmed killed along with 18 to 30 Sea Tiger
According to Navy LTTE leaders Wijekanth and Moris in Puduwakattu and
Kumburupiddi areas were present along with the group of around 100 Tiger
cadres reached towards the beach.
It is now clear, though dispersed as ground troops conduct cordon and
search operations in the Peraru and Kumburupiddi jungles in search of
fleeing Tiger cadres from Thoppigala as they are still operating in the
jungles until they get a chance to flee towards Wanni.
But LTTE continuously failed in their attempts since February this
year to flee towards Wanni by sea due to the blockade from the Naval
troops. During this year alone, LTTE had made four attempts to evacuate
their trapped cadre along this route.
On 12th February, Sea Tigers launched their boats towards Puduwakattu
area, but the Navy's Fast Attack Craft averted their mission by
destroying one sea tiger boat along with cadres.
Once again on 27th February, another such attempt was thwarted by the
Navy when they attacked and destroyed two (02) Sea Tiger boats off
Tigers failed again on 12th August when they were turned back when a
Sea Tiger boat was destroyed. The strong message raised from incident is
that Tiger presence is still there in the Eastern theatre though they
are not capable of having big impact on the Security Forces.
However, the LTTE, if successful in replenishing these Tiger cadres
trapped in the jungles in the North of Trincomalee would definitely lead
to a disadvantageous situation for the Security Forces as they can
destabilise the East with the presence of limited number of cadres.The
apparent intention of this sea movement was also aimed at providing
foods and medical supplies to the Tiger cadres still in the jungles in
the North of Trincomalee as Navy during a search operation conducted in
the Sea off Pulmoddai recovered large stocks of food and medical items
floating in the sea.
To cover up their defeat in the LTTE made yet another attempt by
posting false news item on the pro-LTTE Tamilnet website saying that
three of the Navy Dvoras were destroyed in the attack.
But Navy spokesman Commander D. K. P. Dassanayaka denied the Tamilnet
story saying non of the Navy boats were damaged in the sea battle. Their
intention was to convey the message to the Tamil diaspora across the
globe, that they are still powerful in the sea and capable of defeating
This was yet another attempt to regain their lost prestige with three
of their arms smuggling ships destroyed in the international waters due
to a surprise move by the Sri Lanka Navy. They have to cover up this
humiliating defeat by any other means as it has made detrimental effects
on the Tiger fund raising activities.
Therefore, they are in need of an international image boost by all
means as they did it by launching air attack on Katunayake Air Base in
March this year. But LTTE is well aware such attempt is extremely
difficult at this juncture due to strong security measures taken by the
Sri Lanka Air Force by installing radar systems to detect their
Under these any failed air raid would definitely cause suicidal
effects on the already damaged image of the LTTE. But the Tiger outfit
has not confined their attempts to boost their image only through these
events. The incident unfolded within the past few weeks very clearly
indicated to which direction the LTTE was heading to.
The claymore mine explosions in Jaffna in Trincomalee and in Ampara
indicate that LTTE once again reversed to their ruthless acts
disregarding the invaluable innocent lives of the same community they
are representing. What they are trying is to go before the international
community with the bodies of the slain Tamil civilians to exert pressure
on the Government to stop Security Forces heading towards Wanni.
The assassination of a senior University lecturer at the Jaffna
University in a claymore mine explosion in Sittankerni, Jaffna on
Tuesday morning was such brutal act by the LTTE without any concern
about their own people.
Ms. Shardha Maransothy of the Jaffna University and Kandhan Nishandan
(25), attached to Uduvil Assistant Government Agent's Office were the
victims in the explosion. The LTTE carrying out these cowardice acts
such as these incidents can easily draw the attention of the
international community towards the Sri Lankan situation and thereby
exert pressure on the Government.
The other objective of the LTTE is to occupy the Security Forces to
picket all roads in the Jaffna peninsula without giving them opportunity
to relax in their duties and focus their attention towards the Jaffna
FDLs at a time when they were making desperate attempts to infiltrate
Security Forces defences. The other most significant factor affecting
the LTTE is the threat they are facing from the Security Forces in the
Wanni defences as Security Forces continuously engaged in a task of
neutralizing Tiger threat on the Wanni Security Forces FDLs in Mannar,
Thampanai, Pokkaravani, Periyathampanai and Ethavetunuweva in Weli Oya
sector. The Tiger outfit has already deployed their cadres heavily to
guard the FDLs in the Wanni as they are aware that if these defences
were broken they are not in a position to turn the tide towards Wanni.
Therefore, according to intelligence sources, the LTTE is making use
of civilian population for road picketing and other duties as the real
fighting strength has to be deployed to guard the FDLs.
They Tiger outfit now have to depend on some 4,000 cadres to defend
the Wanni FDL from Mannar to Kokkuthuduvai. With the major thrust on the
West of Omanthai the LTTE have strengthened their presence in its
defences West of Vavuniya as they must concentrate on the North Western
coast since it is the only life line left for their logistic and other
With this severe shortage of man power the LTTE has now deployed
civilians and stray dogs to guard the roads in fear of troops
infiltrations to their territory and to facilitate 'VIP' movements.
Apart from this the LTTE has to deploy at least 1000 fully trained
cadres for the Radha Brigade to provide security for LTTE leader
Velupillai Prabhakaran. With the looming threat on his life and also due
to uprising against his leadership he will have to seek more security
unless he himself enter the battle along with his fellow members.
Under these circumstances the Tiger outfit has to depend on the
civilian population in the Wanni for all their requirements. Therefore,
the civilian population in the Wanni are now living under extreme
pressure of the LTTE and making desperate attempts to flee from the area
by various means.
The weak secondary level military leadership has also severely
affected the Tiger outfit with Balraj, the most senior military leader
now with the LTTE is also not in good health like his 52 year old leader
Velupillai Prabhakaran who is now ailing due to stress.
Therefore, according to Wanni sources Theepan is the only senior
leader with the Tiger outfit and he is not a military tactician like his
The leaders who escaped from the Eastern theatre have no recognition
in Wanni and they are reportedly in shock due to the experience they had
to face in the Wanni. The low morale of the LTTE leaders has resulted in
a large number of the rank of file ditching the outfit but have to
confine themselves within the Wanni since they have to cross LTTE
checkpoints even to surrender to the Security Forces.
Therefore, it is obvious that the LTTE is now engage in these
desperate attempts to boost it image internationally to seek
international cooperation to survive from a major defeat at the hand of
the Security Forces in their bid to eliminate terrorism hundred percent
from Wanni soils to implement the political solution that is to be
evolved with the consensus of all political parties.