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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Tamil Tigers regrouping in the east after the split in Karuna group

Colombo, 04 June, (Asiantribune.com): Tamil Tigers are making a desperate attempt to re-establish their lost position in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka after the split between Karuna and his army commander, Pillaiyan, weakened the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal.Col. Thambirajah  Ramesh has managed to make an amphibious landing in the  Vakarai - Kathiraveli sea coast  with nearly 100 of LTTE cadres with the main objective of disrupting the orderly resettlement of the thousands internally displaced persons.Col. Thambirajah Ramesh has managed to make an amphibious landing in the Vakarai - Kathiraveli sea coast with nearly 100 of LTTE cadres with the main objective of disrupting the orderly resettlement of the thousands internally displaced persons.

It is reported that Col. Ramesh of the LTTE, who was earlier in charge of Vakarai, has managed to make an amphibious landing in the Vakarai - Kathiraveli sea coast with nearly 100 of LTTE cadres with the main objective of disrupting the orderly resettlement of the thousands internally displaced persons (IDPs) that is being painstakingly carried out by the Sri Lankan Government officials.

Sources told “Asian Tribune” that 100 LTTE cadres are engaged in planting claymore mines to disrupt settlement of IDPs and shell indiscriminately army camps in the hope of driving the IDPs back to refugee camps. The Tamil Tigers use the refugees as human shields.

Though there are about 300 LTTE cadres holed up in Thoppigala LTTE jungle base, Commanders Jeyam and Nagesh who fled from Vakarai after its fall are preparing mobile groups in Karadiyananaru, and Kokkaddicholai jungle terrains in the Batticaloa district to fire artillery shells and destabilize those areas that had already fallen into the hands of the Sri Lankan Army.

“Asian Tribune” understands that earlier, before the split in the TMVP on May 4th, Pilliayan planned to march into the jungles of Thoppigala and attack the Tigers bases in that area. But the TMVP forces were weakened after the split. Karuna group is left with nearly three hundred cadres, out of which 180 of them are child soldiers below the age of 18 and are under the command of Jeeventiran and Thileepan.

Karuna is badly in need of cadres to man his military wing and it is reliably learnt that he has now taken into active service those LTTE cadres who fled from LTTE during the Vakarai battle and surrendered to the TMVP.

Recently Karuna’s cadres while riding in two three-wheelers from Amparai to Pottuvil in the Amparai District were waylaid and attacked by the LTTE cadres.

It was reported in that attack TMVP cadre Supithan and the three-wheeler driver Seenithamby Anbalagan from Kaomari were killed.

After attacking the TMVP cadres an LTTE group leader in the Amparai district telephoned Iniyabarathi, TMVP Commander for Amparai district, and has aasked: “Machchan, how is our adi ? (assault).” They further told Iniyabarathi that this is the Pilliayan style of assault and this will continue.

Inniyabarathi complained to Karuna that Pilliyan’s people has attacked and killed his people.

In the meantime, after the fall of Vakarai, Vanni Tigers has dispatched Colonel Ram back to the east. Earlier he fled to Vanni from the East with Bahnu and Sornam. He too is tasked to launch guerilla attacks in the East to disrupt the peace in the areas captured by the Sri Lanka Government forces.

Ram has managed to enter Amparai with 60 of his cadres from Vanni. Ram has began organizing mobile groups of ten cadres in a group in the jungle areas to attack the TMVP bases, cadres and also shell the Sri Lanka Army bases and to lay claymore mines to target Sri Lankan Army and Police.

In the meantime, it is reliably learnt that the former TMVP commander might move from Trincomalee to Batticaloa south with his men to attack the LTTE converged in Thoppigala jungles as already planned by him.

- Asian Tribune -

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