Who will bell the cat?
LTTE terrorists and their
sympathisers, over the years, have resorted to various ploys and
stratagems to sully Sri Lanka's image and bring its valiant Security
Forces into disrepute. The terrorist outfit, before it was crushed
militarily three years ago, massacred hapless civilians whom they had
forcibly held as a human shield.
Even after the Tiger leaders were vanquished, the LTTE rump continued
relentlessly with their vile campaign to sling mud on the Security
Forces to undermine their splendid achievements. The concocted stories
provided enough and more ammunition for certain Western countries and
international organisations to intensify their campaign of levelling war
crime charges against Sri Lanka.
Local agents of International Non Governmental Organisations (INGOs)
are no exception and have conveniently 'credited' the killings and
abductions due to personal reasons to the Government account. The
so-called 'white van drama', enacted by local INGO goons who thrive on
foreign funding, has helped certain sections in the international
community to tarnish Sri Lanka's image in the eyes of the world and,
moreover, questioned the discipline of the Security Forces which were
maintained at the highest professional level during the humanitarian
The latest incident was reported by the pro-LTTE media, including the
one-time mouthpiece of the terrorist outfit - Tamilnet. It reported the
killing of Eshwaradasan Ketheeswaran, a 28-year-old youth in
Trincomalee, alleging that the Security Forces had a hand in his death.
It alleged that Ketheeswaran, a young cricketer deported from the UK
in 2010 and lived alone at Paalaiyoottu, Trincomalee, had been killed by
the Security Forces last April. It even said that he had visited his
aunt on April 18 and gone shopping subsequently. According to these
reports, Ketheeswaran, on his return, had told his relatives that some
unknown persons had been loitering near his house. It claimed that he
was killed thereafter when he left the house.
Due to the untiring efforts of law-enforcing officers, the exact
circumstances that led to his death have now been disclosed. Though
Tiger sympathisers made a song and dance of his death, in actual fact it
is far different. The police, having investigated the circumstances of
his death, has now sought Interpol assistance to apprehend his wife -
the chief suspect.
Two suspects had been arrested earlier after extensive
investigations. It is said that one of them had developed an illicit
relationship with Ketheeswaran's wife. The suspect, a pilot, had
committed this dastardly crime on his lover's bidding. It has been also
disclosed that the wife had given the suspect Sterling Pounds 1,750 to
execute the contract.
This is merely one of the many instances where Tiger sympathisers had
made a concerted effort to discredit the Government. These spin doctors,
by levelling baseless allegations against the Security Forces, do their
utmost to mislead the international community and simultaneously
influence human rights organisations. Such cooked up stories influence
Government officials of certain Western countries and thereby prevent
the deportation of Tamils from the UK and other countries. Similarly, it
would be only a matter of time before the killing of the Canadian
passport holder Anthonypillai Mahendrarasa will be uncovered. The
Government will leave no stone unturned to go that extra mile to
establish the motive behind the incident and the LTTE rump's efforts to
woo the international community would be defeated. Tiger sympathisers
and asylum seekers paint a dismal picture of Sri Lanka before the
international community so that they could achieve both goals - to
migrate to a Western country while discrediting the Security Forces and
Such incidents in the past would have perhaps influenced certain
countries to level war crime charges against Sri Lanka. The recent UNHRC
Resolution against Sri Lanka could have been also influenced by certain
sinister campaigns of this nature.
It is deplorable that certain Western politicians need to depend
heavily on the votes of adopted Tiger sympathisers for their political
survival. Hence, it is not surprising why some Western politicians dance
to the tune of Tiger sympathisers.
Some Western countries are even reluctant to acknowledge the fact
that Sri Lanka was the only country to eradicate terrorism. This,
perhaps, could be the reason as to why they are determined to intimidate
Sri Lanka and venture to tell us where we ought to locate our military
camps. President Mahinda Rajapaksa told a large gathering of Sri Lankans
who staged a peaceful demonstration in support of the President in front
of Hotel Hilton in Park Lane, London last week, that the Government
would not allow any force on earth to snatch away the hard-earned peace
and freedom that people are enjoying today.
It is puzzling as to how pro-LTTE demonstrators, near the same hotel,
waved LTTE flags although this terror outfit is a banned organisation in
the UK and the European Union.
Nevertheless, President Rajapaksa threw caution to the winds and
emerged like a true lion and assured Sri Lankan expatriates that he was
ready to do anything to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial
integrity of the motherland. Despite some Colombo-based diplomats
turning defence experts overnight to advise Sri Lanka on reducing the
military presence in the North and the positioning of Army camps there,
the looming threat of the LTTE re-emerging cannot be ruled out. Hence,
it is of utmost importance for Sri Lanka to be ever vigilant on the
ex-LTTE cadres' activities.
The detention of 151 Sri Lankans, off the Kollam Coast last weekend,
is proof that the LTTE is making an insidious attempt to regroup in
far-off countries such as Australia, according to The Asian Age. The
Kerala Coast is emerging as a hot transit spot for Sri Lankan Tamils who
seek illegal migration. According to intelligence agencies, the frequent
illegal migration is part of the LTTE rump's attempt to regroup its
Intelligence sources believe that the majority among the illegal
migrants may not have any LTTE links. However, the fact that there might
be a few LTTE followers or sympathisers among them cannot be ruled out.
In these circumstances, Sri Lanka is not in a position to relax security
measures overnight. Would any person or country, who pontificates to us
on military positioning, take responsibility in the event something goes