Kilinochchi a ‘ghost town’
LTTE administration collapses:
Kilinochchi is now a ‘ghost town’ with the LTTE withdrawing all its
offices, business establishments, hotels and media centres following the
rapid advancement of the security forces towards the region from various
directions in the Wanni, informed sources said. The LTTE had even
abandoned its ‘Peace Secretariat’ and the adjoining buildings where most
of the meetings with key figures of the international community had
taken place with the LTTE’s late political wing leader S. P.
Thamilselvan and its late theoretician Anton Balasingham, sources said.
The ‘Peace Secretariat’ of the outfit built with several millions of
rupees was equipped with the latest communication facilities. The
Secretariat was also furnished to international standards and Pulithevan,
one of the lieutenants of Thamilselvan was the head of the Secretariat.
The buildings put up by the LTTE in Kilinochchi for its political
activities were built soon after the Norway mediated Ceasefire Agreement
was signed in February 2002, the sources said.
According to sources the Norwegians had also helped the outfit
financially to construct its new buildings in Kilinochchi for political
activities. As the civilians began to move out from Kilinochchi, police
stations, court houses and other administrative centres that had been
set up by the LTTE collapsed with the outfit’s henchmen running helter
skelter in the region, the sources said.
Meanwhile, innocent civilians in the region are between the ‘devil
and the deep blue sea’ struggling to escape from the clutches of the
LTTE who have made them scapegoats for their final show down with the
Civilians have now moved towards the eastern direction from
Kilinochchi to areas such as Akkarayan, Viswamadu and Puthukudiyiruppu
which are located east of the A-9 highway. With the LTTE forcibly
preventing civilians moving into Government controlled cleared areas,
they would face severe hardships in getting essential supplies when the
battle enters its final phase, the sources said.