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Associated Press, Thu September 23, 2004 09:41 EDT . - - BC-Sri-Lanka - -Rebel-Killed COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) - Tamil Tiger rebels gunned down the No. 2 leader of a renegade guerrilla faction involved in fighting between the two groups that has threatened Sri Lanka - 's fragile ceasefire, military and rebel sources said Thursday.

Vinayakamoorthy Sivanesadurai, better known as Reggi, was the older brother of Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan who led an unprecedented split in the mainstream Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam with 6,000 supporters in March.

Hours later in Colombo, a member of a Tamil political party opposed to the rebels was shot dead by unidentified gunmen, a police official said.

Somasundaram Varnakulasingham, 29, a member of Eelam People's Democratic party - a coalition member of the government - was shot while he was travelling with his wife along a busy street in the capital, said the official who declined to be named. Varnakulasingham's wife had suffered non-fatal injuries.

Sivanesadurai, 40, was the field commander who led a battle against the Tigers in April in which dozens were killed on both sides. The mainstream group crushed the renegades, but Muralitharan - also known as Karuna - and a band of his comrades including Reggi went underground.

Since then, scores have been killed in fighting between the mainstream Tigers and the rival faction.

Sivanesadurai was killed after gunfire broke out between the factions in Karathiyanaru, west of Batticaloa late Wednesday, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Batticaloa is 220 kilometres east of the capital Colombo.

At least two of Sivanesadurai's colleagues were also killed in the gunfight.

"There was an operation by their (Tamil Tigers) special forces in the interior jungles . . . against some elements of renegade commander Karuna's paramilitary," the pro-rebel TamilNet website quoted rebel officials as saying. It gave no other details.

Sivanesadurai was a renowned sniper, credited with killing 100 government soldiers during the peak of the civil war in the 1990s.

The Tigers have accused the Sri Lankan military of supporting the renegades in an effort to weaken their group, a claim the military denies.

The fighting has threatened to derail the 31-month truce between the government and the rebels.

The Tamil Tigers began their violent campaign against the government in 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils accusing majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

About 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the truce. Peace talks broke down in April, 2003 and the internecine fighting has marred reviving negotiations.

Distributed by the Associated Press
Published: Thu Sep 23 11:19:20 EDT 2004

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Several community groups, including Tamil Canadians, have called the Queens Park officials and Ontario government officials to express their anger and lodge protests against the public rally. Tamil sources in Toronto state that this is the first time, that Tamil people had shown open outrage at the LTTE However, residents are frustrated with the Canadian government officials who failed to stand firm against the terrorists groups in Canada due to their own narrow political ends. It is also interesting to note that the academic involved in this lobbying effort had publicly boasted his ability to deliver Sri Lankan Tamil votes in bloc to any candidate he desires. Many apolitical Tamil Canadians have expressed their deep displeasure at the hypocrisy exhibited by the highest echelons of the Canadian government for their double standards of loudly proclaiming their participation in the “global war on terror” while allowing the LTTE to have a free hand in Canada. Incidentally the LTTE is allowed to run many business establishments, TV and a Radio stations, and publishes several newspapers in Toronto. More...
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Pirbakaran posters defaced.
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