The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 178

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Mahattya loyalists and splinter groups behind killing of top LTTE leaders
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 8.18 PM SLT Monday October 1,2001. Militants who were once in LTTE and PLOTE are involved in the recent serial killing of top LTTE leaders,according to informed Tamil sources.

The sources said that the claymore mine blast which killed Shankar a close of associate of Velupillai Prabhakaran in Oddusuddan on Sept.26,was set off by men led by "Kutti",a former LTTE man who was close to Mahattya, the LTTE's Deputy Leader who Prabhakran had executed for treason.

The killing of top LTTE leaders in Batticaloa was done by one "Mohan",who had left PLOTE in 1993-94,the sources said.

In recent times, a number of top ranking leaders have been killed in covert operations which the LTTE said were being conducted by the Deep Penetration Group of the Sri Lankan army.The army has consistently denied this allegation.The army cannot operate so deep inside Tiger territory,it would be said.In Shankar's case,the military spokesman said that the attack stemmed from an internal conflict in the LTTE.

Other than Shankar,the LTTE lost Gangai Amaran,the Deputy Chief of the Sea Tigers; Nizam,the political chief for Batticaloa and Amparai districts,and Mano,the communication chief for the east.The LTTE's Deputy Military Wing leader Balraj,the Political Wing Leader S.P.Tamilchelvan,Senior Commander Jeyam,had had had narrow escapes.

Meanwhile,according to The Sunday Leader,the LTTE has declared an "emergency" in the areas under its control and has asked Balraj to conduct a thorough search to ferret out army agents and other collaborators.A search in the east had netted 37 bombs.

The LTTE apologists would like to describe these collaborators as " mercenaries who do it for money, but other Tamil sources say that they are a product of a widespread mass level disillusionment with the LTTE.The fact that such assassinations are possible deep inside Tiger held territory shows that there are disgruntled elements who show the way,shelter and aid the assassins in a variety of ways.

"The majority of the people in the Tiger held areas are disgruntled," a Tamil source said.Forecible recruitment,intimidations,confiscations and general highhandness tend to create animosity to any militant group over a period of time.The Tigers are no exception,the source said.

It is not clear if Prabhakaran is suspecting any insider involvement.But a purge cannot be ruled out.It took place when Mahattaya was suspected of acting against him.It is significant that Prabhakaran did not attend Shankar's funeral although it was held in Mulliawalai deep inside Tiger territory.Security considerations ?
Published: Mon Oct 1 10:15:31 EDT 2001

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