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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2862

Prabakaran to be smuggled out for treatment – a report

Colombo, 22 December, ( Press Trust of India in its reports citing Sri Lanka Government owned newspaper, revealed that LTTE is trying to sneak its leader Velupillai Prabakaran out of Sri Lanka for treatment abroad following severe injuries he sustained in air raid last month.

"Intelligence reports indicate that the top Tiger has sustained injuries or fractures in his arm and a leg. Since the Tiger leader is already suffering from diabetes, the situation has got worse and the LTTE is making attempts to evacuate him to a foreign country for further treatment,” PTI reported, citing Sri Lanka’s Government owned Daily News newspaper

The Indian news agency added , “The Daily News also claimed 116 of the 200 guards protecting the LTTE Supremo had died in the recent attack by the Sri Lankan Air Force, in which Prabhakaran was said to have been injured.”

Earlier on last Sunday 16 December, DBS Jeyaraj, a veteran Tamil journalist was the first to reveal in his column in The Nation that Prabakaran injured slightly in the Air force bombing.

Subsequently in an interview with Asian Tribune Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella, who is the Government spokesman for Defence and National Security, confirmed that Sri Lanka Army intelligence was aware that LTTE Leader was injured. Prabaharan is actively trailed and his activities in the jungle hideouts closely monitored

However, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has so far not come forward officially to deny the news report that Prabakaran being hit and injured, except for Uthayan a Tamil daily published from Jaffna which carried a meek denial, on 17 December.

Accordingly Uthayan reported “Vanni news sources totally denied the sensational news report from Colombo that Prabakaran was slightly injured recently in the aerial bombing at Jaeyanthi Nagar.

Uthayan’s Report further revealed that LTTE military spokesperson Rasiah Ilanthirayan when speaking to Uthayan said that it was the part of a psychological warfare let loose by Sri Lanka’s Defence headquarters. This report was put out to bring out an impression that Sri Lanka armed forces have closed on our leader Prabakaran with mischievous intent, Rasiah Ilanthirayan emphasized, reported Uthayan Tamil daily news paper.

In the meantime, PTI report further revealed that “A senior Defence Ministry official said since intelligence reports have "confirmed" that Prabhakaran sustained injuries on November 26, there could be an attempt by the Tiger leader to go to India for treatment if the medical facilities in Killinocchi or Mullaithivu were not sufficient to treat him.”

"But India will not provide any facility for Prabhakaran and we will not allow him to leave the country and will maintain strict vigilance on the LTTE movement, the official felt”, PTI said.

PTI also revealed of Prabakaran’s general health condition, the report quoting Daily news said that the condition of Prabhakaran, a diabetic, has worsened and the LTTE is looking at prospects of taking him out of the country for treatment.

Already Asian Tribune in its report on 03 July 2006 reported that Health Health card of Prabakaran is not so rosy as it ought to be.

Earlier Anton Balasingham, 64, and his Australian-born wife, Adele 52, escaped government forces in Sri Lanka by smuggling themselves by boat illegally entered Thailand in early 1999 to receive urgent medical treatment. After having his enlarged left kidney removed at a hospital in the capital Bangkok, the Balasinghams kept a low profile to avoid getting caught by immigration authorities and were contemplating their next move to London.

Adele in her book, "The will to freedom” wrote about the travails of Anton Balasingham, but the book does not name the country, but diplomatic sources confirmed that it was to Thailand the Balasinghams escaped.

- Asian Tribune -

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