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

Tigers distract Sri Lankan Navy with mock operations to save fleeing cadres from the east.

Colombo, 06 August, ( The Batticaloa – Amparai districts Special Commander of the Tamil Tigers, Jeyam, and his retreating cadres numbering around 275 in all are about to cross to Vanni in one or two days time.

According local sources, these Tiger cadres have managed to cross the two main supply route on their way from Toppigala and reached Kumpurupittiya, a coastal village in the north of Trincomalee district .

It is learnt that Keerthi, Nagesh, Mano Master, Amuthan of the political wing and Commander Suganthi of the women wing and her 30 women cadres are fleeing with Jeyam.

Earlier reports revealed that nearly 320 LTTE cadres under the leadership of Thambirajah Ramesh, a former special Commander of the LTTE who took over the Batticaloa – Amparai districts immediately after the renegade leader Karuna left the outfit, managed to send the sick women cadres by boat and subsequently crossed into Vanni without any let or hindrance.

Sources told Asian Tribune that the Tiger tactic was to draw the attention of the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) to a mock operation and forcing it to chase these Tiger boats thereby clearing the way for another cluster of boats to rush in and ferry the cadres to safety in their stronghold.

It is reported that this tactic was used to distract the entire fast attacking crafts of the SLN located at Pulmoddai. While the SLN was involved in the chase and attack of the cluster of boats belonging to the Sea Tiger, another group of boats of the sea Tigers showed up and took all the Tiger cadres to safety.

It is learnt that LTTE is planning another similar mock operation in the Pulmoddai seas. This time the objective is to take the fleeing Tiger cadres from Pudavaikaddu coast to Chemmalai located in the Mullaithievu area.

It is also reliably learnt that a small group of the fleeing LTTE cadres might also trek through Pulmoddai, via Thennamaravadi and cross the Kokkilai Lagoon into Kokkilai in the Mullaithievu district.

In the meantime Vanni has sent a group of cadres, a special team, more than six dozen in all to guide those fleeing cadres from Toppigala through jungle terrain. They will be also bringing some necessary its for the intelligence agents operating in the area. The new special team from Vanni roaming in the jungle areas is led by one Suthakar.

According to sources that there are more than 100 intelligence agents scattered all over the east. Another group of 40 to 50 Tiger cadres are operating inside the Batticaloa district led by Jeyarthan the former commander of the Jeyanthan brigade in the East. A separate group of LTTE cadres under Ram is still active and based inside the Panama jungles to disrupt the border villages located in the Amparai – Monaragala districts.

- Asian Tribune –

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