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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2643

A Black Tiger and the LTTE Handler arrested in Colombo

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Colombo, 22 June, ( The Special Police Team arrested on 20th September Sstanisloas Kowananan, a dangerous Black Tiger terrorist operative in Wellawatte, Colombo. He is said to be from Trincomalee. The Special Police team also recovered C4 high power explosives nine and half kilos, one and half kilos of steel balls, detonators, batteries and chargers. These ingredients, the devil-mixed, were used for the manufacture of all types of bombs, such as belt bombs used by suicide cadres, time bombs and other type of bombs exploded by remote controls, said a Sri Lanka Army explosive expert.

After the arrest, the police interrogated the suspected Black Tiger activist and he revealed that he used to manufacture many types of bombs and those bombs were used for exploding in and around Colombo city. According to him, those bombs were manufactured in a shop in the first floor of a super market in Kotahena. He also added that this shop was the secret hideouts and used to give shelter in the night time to suicide cadres who arrived in Colombo on special assignments.

This shop according to the arrested person is owned by an LTTE ‘Master Minder’, who earlier worked as a Director of the Film Corporation. It is said that he rented this shop purely to manufacture bombs and for other clandestine activities.

The arrested LTTE cadre said that he used to go to this shop early morning to take care of the manufacture bombs and other clandestine activities. He said that after entering the shop, he used to keep it closed, so that it would look as if though the shop remains closed to outside world. According to him he used to enter the shop early morning with food and other requirements and leave quietly in the evening. Police spokesperson said that this shop was also the main centre to distribute bombs.

Following the Sstanisloas Kowananan investigation Special Police team also arrested one K.Devadasan, a former Director of Film Corporation, who was appointed when the Cultural Ministry was under a Minister from the JVP. Police sources revealed that he was the LTTE handler and at the time of arrest, police found and an invitation card for the State Drama Festival to be held on 21 June, at the BMICH.

The Former “Film Director” revealed that at the police interrogation that he was to participate in the cultural show held at BMICH yesterday (21). The Prime Minster Ratnasiri Wickramanayake and Media Minister Mahinda Yapa Abewardane were also to participate in the same event. Police have found an invitation addressed to him for the said event issued by the Director of Cultural Department.

Investigation further revealed that it was this 'film director' who had sent the female suicide bomber on the mission that killed 14 people including 7 school boys of the D.S Senanayake College at the Fort railway station on 3rd February in the wake of the independence day celebrations.

- Asian Tribune -

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