The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 24, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 141

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LTTE’s killing spree continues, latest victim: Karuna’s cadre killed in Akkaraipattu
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 24, 2004, 6.55 p.m. . A remand prisoner (of the Karuna faction) brought to the Akkaraipattu Magistrate court for trial was gunned down on by an unidentified LTTE pistol man today morning at around 10.30 killing him on the spot.

The slain prisoner, P. Jayakumar from an LTTE rival faction was on remand since May this year after he, along with another LTTE man, was arrested at a roadblock in Akkaraipattu (Eastern Province) after they were caught with a pistol, one hand grenade and fifteen rounds of ammunition on 19 May 2004, army said.

This latest LTTE victim, was brought to the court for trial in the company of jail guards, prison officers and Policemen as his case was fixed for hearing this morning when an unidentified LTTE pistol man, suspected to be from the LTTE Wanni faction strayed into the chambers and shot at him at close range. One jail guard and a court clerk received minor injuries during the firing and were admitted to the Akkaraipattu hospital. Policemen however failed to trace the fleeing pistol man and refrained from firing due to the presence of a large crowd inside the court complex at the time of the assassination, army said. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission has been informed of this latest incident.
Published: Tue Aug 24 09:15:13 EDT 2004

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Suspected Tamil rebel gunman kills former colleague turned military spy in capital
Associated Press, Tue August 24, 2004 03:28 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fatally shot a guerrilla-turned-spy in the capital and opened fire on an army patrol in Sri Lanka - 's east, the latest in a string of attacks threatening to derail the island's fragile cease-fire.

A lone gunman shot R. Kugananthan, 47, at close range near a Hindu temple in Colombo Monday night, police spokesman Rienzie Perera said Tuesday, adding that the assailant escaped.

Kugananthan was a former rebel cadre who also worked as an intelligence officer for the Sri Lankan military, according to TamilNet, a Web site that reports on rebel affairs.

The shooting came hours after suspected rebels opened fire on an army patrol on a coastal road in Batticaloa, 220 kilometers (136 miles) east of the capital, wounding one soldier. Another soldier was shot and wounded in the same area on Saturday.

Scores have died in sporadic attacks since a renegade rebel leader broke away with 6,000 fighters from the mainstream guerrilla group in March.

The Tigers crushed the rebellion a month later, but the renegade and some of his comrades escaped and are suspected of continuing attacks against the main group.

Despite Sri Lankan government denials, the Tigers' accuse security forces of supporting the breakaway faction.

An 18-month cease-fire between the government and the rebels has been under increasing strain in recent weeks. Peace broker Norway and European monitors have warned the escalating violence could collapse the truce.
Published: Tue Aug 24 07:18:50 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Hundreds of youth flee homes in fear of LTTE
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 24, 2004, 6.53 p.m.. Amidst reports that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is intensifying its recruitment drive in the Eastern Province, several hundreds of youth have fled from their homes in fear of forced conscription to the Tiger organisation.

Local media reports also noted that these youth have also sought the assistance of the Sri Lanka Military to flee to a more secure place, away from the LTTE. A large number of complaints had been lodged with police and Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) regarding many attempted abductions. But, notes sources, the SLMM seem to be doing nothing about this problem.

The LTTE political Wing Leader S.P. Tamilselvan in a letter to the Monitors yesterday however alleged that the Sri Lanka Army is colluding with elements opposed to the Tamil cause and inflicting irreparable damage to the peace process and the integrity of the Ceasefire Agreement. Tamilselvan in the, referring to the two recent killings of two LTTE members in Batticaloa also claimed that the Army carried out these killings. He also noted that the Army was encouraging activities of armed groups thereby violating several clauses in the Ceasefire Agreement.
Published: Tue Aug 24 09:02:59 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka at brink of war, August 24, 2004, 13:30 EDT. Colombo, Aug. 24. (PTI): Sri Lanka's main Opposition today accused President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Marxist-backed government of pushing the country to the brink of war as Tamil Tiger rebels stepped up attacks in the Back to the top

European cease-fire monitors warn that killing spree in Sri Lanka can end truce
Associated Press, Tue August 24, 2004 07:52 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European cease-fire monitors warned Tuesday that escalating violence in Sri Lanka - threatened the island's fragile truce, after suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fatally shot a guerrilla-turned-spy and opened fired on an army patrol... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Government worried about Maldives
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 24, 2004, 7.01 p.m.. While expressing concern over the recent developments in the Maldives following a state of emergency being declared by President Abdul Gayoom, the Sri Lankan Government today encouraged all parties in that country to work peacefully towards achieving the proposed constitutional reforms which are intended to promote participatory parliamentary democracy and human rights... Back to the top

Lankan drug addicts are very lavish-reports state
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 24, 2004, 6.54 p.m.. Despite the continuous sky rocketing cost of living in Sri Lanka, much to the dismay of many Sri Lankans, drug addicts on the other hand continue to spend very lavishly on a daily basis, notes reports... Back to the top

Colombo said considering alternative to Nordic tru, August 23. Sri Lanka' Deputy Minister of Defence, Mr. Ratnasiri Wickremanayaka, said Monday that his government is thinking of either enhancing the powers of the Nordic truce monitoring mission in the island or finding a more effective alternative to it... Back to the top

Government condemns factional killings in eastern and Colombo
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 24, 2004, 6.05 p.m.. The Government today strongly condemned the killings that have taken place recently in the East and in Colombo... Back to the top

Colombo not for war with Tigers: Stratfor, Aug 24 . Washington, Aug 24 (UNI) The August 20 ambush in Batticaloa that killed two senior LTTE officers was not a Sri Lankan military operation and does not signal the start of an all-out war, according to US geopolitical analysts... Back to the top

LTTE alleges army inflicting irreparable damage to peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 23, 2004, 10.06 p.m.. LTTE political wing leader S.P. Tamilselvan today alleged that the Sri Lanka Army is colluding with elements opposed to the Tamil cause and inflicting irreparable damage to the peace process and the integrity of the Ceasefire Agreement... Back to the top

Violence continues in Sri Lanka s east, August 23, 2004 07:50 EDT. COLOMBO, Aug. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- Violence that has plagued Sri Lanka's eastern region continued on Monday when a government soldier came under gunfire, defense officials said. The soldier on a road patrol at Mankerni north of Batticaloa was injured when Back to the top

University students destroy large portrait of President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 23, 2004, 8.47 p.m. . Students of the Jaffna University is reported to have destroyed a huge portrait of President Chandrika Kumaratunga last week as a protest against her Government’s failure to grant demands made by the LTTE... Back to the top

Ship seized for cutting Lanka s internet link, August 24, 2004 - 10:08AM. Sri Lanka's high court has ordered the seizure of an Indian cargo vessel which allegedly cut a submarine cable connecting the island's telecommunications subscribers with the rest of the world... Back to the top

New cuppa for kings makes the cup overflow for Sri Lanka tea maker, Tuesday, August 24, 2004. By Amal Jayasinghe , Agence France-Presse COLOMBO—Inspired by a French perfumer and egged on by an English aficionado, a Sri Lankan master tea maker has revived a centuries-old Chinese tradition to make a brew that few but an emperor could afford... Back to the top

SL govt. to provide VIP security to all Judicial Officers
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 23, 2004, 8.36 p.m.. The government had decided to form a separate Security Division, similar to the Ministerial Security Division to provide security to all Judicial Officers... Back to the top

Ex LTTE cadre shot dead in Colombo, August 23. An ex cadre of the Liberation Tigers who had been working with the Sri Lanka military intelligence was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a Hindu Ashramam in Wellawatte, a largely Tamil suburb of Colombo, Monday night around 10, Police said... Back to the top

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