LTTE shooting of Sri Lankan Policeman in Kilinochchi demands immediate action
Posted on March 15th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

 The incident of a former LTTEr living in an Indian-built home in Kilinochchi shooting a Sri Lankan policemen during a search operation cannot be ignored. In the 1970s Prabakaran had just 26 men and over a handful of decades later that number turned into thousands and led to thousands of corpses and a brutal terrorist conflict that lasted 3 decades. The players that spurred LTTE then are no different to those that are attempting to revive the LTTE again. Read between the lines to understand what the calls to remove the army will next lead to or hoping to lead to. The world falsely accepts LTTE as liberators and freedom fighters taking up arms on behalf of the Tamil people and the Tamil cause. That claim is nullified when LTTE killed its first victim Alfred Duraiappah in 1975 when Prabakaran was just 21. Duraiappah was the Tamil Mayor of Jaffna. LTTE’s next targets were also Tamil ” Tamil policemen on duty in Jaffna and scores perished. These are clear evidence that even as far back as 1970s LTTE did not represent Tamils but the ultra egos of a handful that wanted to rule over Tamils using the gun.

 The following events raise some pertinent questions while also nullifying some false perceptions.

Top on that list is the need to accept that LTTE or any other Tamil militant group did not take up arms because of the July 1983 riots. Tamil youth were trained and armed well before 1983. These trainings took place in both Tamil Nadu and inside the jungles of Sri Lanka and with the knowledge and clandestine involvement of the Indian Government. This action by India is a crime and India stands guilty of  state-sponsored terrorism.

The details of various Tamil youth forming into parties next should ask who were funding these groups? who supplied them their initial arms for what purposes were they set up and the most important question was why did ordinary Tamil people watch and allow these ‘boys’ to commit the crimes they did.

 Chronology of Tamils taking firearms since 1950s

  • 1956 ” Tamil youth fire at army camp in Batticoloa. Sinhalese civilians shot at in Kalmunai
  • 1961 ” Tamil youth attack Sri Lankan soldiers in Jaffna
  • 1961 ” Tamil youth forms Pulip Padai ( Army of Tigers) on August 12, 1961 they meet at Koneswaran temple, Trincomalee and take a solemn oath to fight for a Tamil homeland. A.Rajaratnam an activist dies in 1975 of asthma in Madras. Indian investigators believe his daughter Dhanu assassinated Rajiv Gandhi. K.Sivagnanasundaram another activist joined LTTE and was killed by EPRLF in 1988.
  • 1963 ” Pulip Padai ( Army of Tigers) put out leaflets advocating militancy. They back politicians Amirthalingam and V.Navaratnam
  • 1963 – Manavar Manram ( students council) set up
  • 1969 – Tamil Liberation Organisation (TLO) formed by Thangathurai and Kuttimani and meetings were held at a Jaffna university professors house.
  • Sri Sabaratnam (TELO leader) and V.Prabhakaran (LTTE supremo) also attended
  • 1970 – Ponnudorai Satyaseelan founded the Tamil Manavar Peravai ( Tamil Students League) joined by Sivakumaran.
  • 1970 – Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party in Jaffna banned by Sirimavo Bandaranaike
  • 1970 Sept ” Sivakumaran attempts to assassinate Sri Lankan deputy minister for Cultural Affiars Somaweera Chandrasiri  
  • 1971 ” Sivakumaran attempts to assassinate Tamil Mayor Alfred Duraiappah blaming him for the Tamil Conference fiasco that led to Tamil youth deaths.
  • 1971 April – Thangathurai, known as mama ( uncle) and some 15 others were making explosives at the Thondamanar high school
  • 1972 ” formation of TULF ” Tamil United Liberation Front
  • 1973 ” formation of Tamil Elaingyar Peravia (TYL, Tamil Youth Leaque) comprising 40 youth and supported by TLO ” Tamil Liberation Organization
  • 1973 Feb ” Satyaseelan arrested and arrests of other youth organizations
  • 1973 – Sri Lankan navy seized a boat belonging to Kuttimani filled with dynamite. Kuttimani flees to India but is arrested and deported (Karunanidhi Govt)
  • 1974 June 5, Sivakumaran was trapped by the police while attempting a bank robbery in Jaffna’s Kopai town and committed suicide by biting a cyanide capsule.
  • 1974 protests by Tamils when Prime Minister visited Jaffna to open a campus and bombs were thrown at the police
  • 1974 ” First robbery by Tamil militants Rs.91,000 Multipurpose Cooperative Society of Tellipallai ” militants fled to India.
  • 1975 ” number of armed youth rising, acts of arson and violence was also rising. Thangathurai group of Kuttimani, and the TNT of Prabakaran went underground.
  • 1975 Jan ” Group of Sri Lankan Tamils residing in London foremd the Eelam Revolutionary Organisers, EROS
  • 1975 ” Assassination of Mayor of Jaffna, Alfred Duraiappah (First political murder) Number of militants in North was said to be around 50.  They were regarded as ‘our boys’ because most Tamils thought they were following orders of the TUF and could be stopped at any time (how wrong they were)
  • 1976 Mar 5 – Prabhakaran led a raid on the state run People’s Bank at Puttur stealing 1million cash and jewellery worth 200,000 ” the 1st bank heist by LTTE.
  • 1976 May 5 ” LTTE formed by Prabakaran changing the former TNT name
  • 1976 May 14 ” TUF (formed in 1972) holds first convention in Pannkam, Amirthalingam’s birth place with Chelvanayagam presiding. Formation of TULF ” Tamil United Liberation Front announced calling for self-determination and for Tamil youth to take up arms.
  • 1977 April ” Chelvanayagam dies
  • 1977 July ” using Resolution of Vaddukoddai, TULF wins elections
  • 1977 August 15 ” 3 unarmed constables stop 3 boys riding bicycles in Puttur, Jaffna. One boy takes out a revolver and shoots the constable in the thigh. The next day violence breaks out while police try to unarm youth.
  • 1977 ” 10% of Jaffna population were Sinhalese who were bakers, traders, civil servants and business ”men
  • 1977 August 31 – 4 young men came in blue Morris car robbed the People’s Bank in Manipay and walked away with 26,000 rupees
  • 1977 September ” Thangathurai formed militant group called the Tamil Eelam Liberation Army (TELA) and a political affiliate known as the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) along the lines of IRA and Sinn Fein.
  • 1977 – land surveyor, Kadirgamapillai Nallainathan, better knows as Uma Maheswaran, joined the LTTE.  Prabhakaran, younger to Uma by some 10 yrs, continued to be the group’s military commander
  • 1978 – Uma and Prabha made their way to Colombo, where the former had headed the TULF’s city unit
  • 1978 Jan 27 ” Uma and Mahesh shoot M.Canagaratnam, a Tamil MP who had won on TULF ticket but crossed over to UNP. Head of CID was a Tamil ” Bastianpillai
  • 1978 ” Murukan, Bastianpillai and other police officers discover LTTE secret training camp. All were killed brutally by LTTE.
  • 1978 April 25 ” LTTE openly admit and confess (on a LTTE letterhead which had been typed by Urmila Devi on TULF leader’s official typewriter in Parliament) to the murder of Alfred Duraiappah and 9 policemen including Bastianpillai.
  • 1978 May 6 – group of 4 or 5 men went to the residence of Inspector K.Pathmanathan, officer in charge of the District Crime Detective Bureau of Jaffna. His children informed their father who returned home with his wife to be gunned down and killed. (10th Tamil policemen killed by LTTE)
  • 1978 ” LTTE proscribed
  • 1978 May ” Kuttimani guns down  a retired police inspector at the Valvettithurai junction (11th policemen)
  • 1978 June – Kuttimani shot and killed another police officer (12th policemen)
  • 1978 September ” Parliament introduces new constitution. AVRO 748 of Air Ceylon was blasted by a time bomb after it landed at Ratmalana airport. S.Subramaniam alias Baby was responsible.
  • 1978 Dec 5 – six gunmen stormed to the Thirunelveli People’s bank branch gunned down two policemen and robbed the bank of 1.18 million rupees.(14 policemen killed by LTTE)
  • 1979 – Thangathurai group shot dead 3 more policemen in Jaffna (17 Tamil policemen killed)
  • 1979 ” LTTE proscription replaced with Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Thangathurai, Kuttimani and Prabhakaran fled to Tamil Nadu.
  • 1980 ” Uma forms PLOT
  • 1980 ” President J R Jayawardena offers TULF District Development Councils (DDC).
  • 1980 ” PLOT shoot UNP leader, R.Balasundaram at Kilinochchi
  • 1981 January ” 2 civilians killed by TELO during a robbery at pawn shop at Kurumpasitty
  • 1981 Mar 6 ” Kuttimani shoots Chetti at Kalviyankadu in Jaffna. Chetti was a police informant.
  • 1981 Mar 25 ” People’s Bank robbery at Neervely by Kuttimani worth 7.8million
  • 1981 Apr 5 – Thangathurai and Kuttimani were arrested at Mannalkadal, near Point Pedro while attempting to escape to India.
  • 1981 July – Sadasivam Sivasunmugamurthy, Uma’s deputy ed a daring raid on a police station at Anakottai, killing 2 policemen and escaping with atleast 10 weapons (19 policemen killed)
  • 1981 Oct – PLOT raided the People’s bank at Kiilinochi and stole 40m in cash and jewellery
  • 1982 Apr 29 – Jaffna observed its first anti-TULF hartal to protest the party’s participation in the ceremonial opening of a new parliment building at Kotte
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 Admission of India training LTTE before 1983 riots:

  • “Intelligence agencies (RAW) said….these are boys who were trained by us from 1977” (Dixit, Assignment Colombo)
  • Shri M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (affidavit no. 187/94) :”It is a well known fact that the LTTE and other Sri Lankan Militants camps were established in India ever since 1982 in tune with the policy of the Central Government at that time. The Tamil militants were given military training and allowed to have their own training camps in India.”…
  • “I state that the Congress Governments under the Prime Ministership of late Smt. Indira Gandhi and late Thiru Rajiv Gandhi encouraged, trained and supported the LTTE and other Tamil Militant groups.”
  • Shri K. Mohandas ” then Dir Gen. Police (affidavit no. 64/92-JCI) “….The issue had become very sensitive, and meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s advisors were working overtime, giving facilities to the militants, particularly the TELO (Tamil Ealam Liberation Organisation) to be trained in the use of modern arms in the camps organised in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and elsewhere. The idea was that after the training, they would be supplied with arms and sent to Northern Sri Lanka to engage the Sri Lankan troops in guerrilla action. It was supposed to be a top secret operation without even the knowledge of the State Government and its Intelligence agency. (at least as far as Tamil Nadu was concerned.”….. “The insurgency operation was so clumsily organised that it was, before long, an open secret. Each training camp was a mini Union Territory completely controlled by Central agencies, into which the State Intelligence or the State Police had no access.”

 RAW handling LTTE:

  • “RAW helped to train and arm the LTTE in the 1970s” (Council of Foreign Relations)
    • April 5, 1988 Wikileaks cable quotes J N Dixit that India had agreed to pay LTTE Rs.50lakhs per month which was paid in July 1987. This was to make up for the tax loss for the LTTE upon IPKF arrival. It was also a payment that sealed Prabakaran’s agreement to the Indo-Lanka Accord.

Indian camps for Sri Lankan militants:

  • LTTE:- 6 camps were reported being conducted by the LTTE in the districts of Anna (1 camp), Thanjavur West (1 camp), Thanjavur East (1 camp), Salem (1 camp, Madurai (1 camp) and Ramnad ( 1 camp) of Tamil Nadu. The total strength of trainees in these camps was reported to be 495 cadres including 90 female Tigers. The camp at Sirumalai (Anna district) was the only camp were all the 90 female Tigers were getting training along with 40 male Tigers. The largest LTTE camp was located at Kumbarapatti in Salem district. The training comprised Arms Training, swimming, boat driving and physical training. The camps were equipped with transport facilities such as Jeeps, Vans, motor cycles etc.
  • TELO:- Five camps organised by Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) were reported to be running in the districts of Ramnad ( 3 camps) and Salem ( 2 camps). There were totally 233 male cadres undergoing this training which comprised Physical Training, Arms training, swimming and boat driving.
  • EROS:- Eelam Revolutionary Organisers (EROS) were reported to be conducting two camps in the districts of Ramnad and Pasumpon Muthuramalingam districts. There were 8 male trainees in these camps which were imparting Physical Training and Arms Training.
  • EPRLF: The Eelam Peoples Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) was reported to be conducting 7 training camps in the districts of Thanjavur West (3 camps), South Arcot (2 camps), Trichy ( 1 camp) and Ramnad (1 camp) with a total strength of 73 male trainees who were being trained in Guerilla warfare, Physical Training and Arms training. These camps reportedly possessed sophisticated weapons such as Light Machine -guns as well as transport vehicles.
  • PLOT:- The Peoples Liberation Organisation for Tamil Eelam (PLOT) was conducting training in 18 camps located in the districts of Thanjavur West (11 camps), Pudukottai ( 4 camps), Tirunelvei East (2 camps) and Thanjavur East (1 camp). Totally 2236 cadres in addition to 94 female cadres were getting trained in these camps. The camps possessed transport facilities, boats and some weapons. Predominantly, the training comprised guerrilla warfare and also Physical Training, Swimming and Boat Driving.
  • Other assorted organisations were also conducting their camps in Tamil Nadu such as Tamil Eelam Army (TEA) – 2 camps, 31 trainees; TELA -Kanthan group ( 3 camps, 117 trainees); TELA-Rajan group (1 camp, 10 trainees); TENA (1 camp, 25 trainees); RELO ( 1 camp, 13 trainees; NLFT (1 camp, 2 trainees); ECRP (1 camp, 4 trainees) and TMPP ( 1 camp, 6 trainees).

 Thus a total of 3179 males and 184 females (3363 cadres) were trained by the Indian Government in India in secret during 1983-1986. These groups were allowed to run their own offices in Tamil Nadu.

 The March 2014 shooting by an LTTEr on a policemen on duty and now absconding reminds us of the events given above and trails us back to the times when LTTE first began their killing spree by targeting policemen on duty.

In the early 1970s inaction of authorities and Tamils treating these youth as ‘our boys’ eventually led 30 or so youth to become 30,000 armed and deadly killers.

The Chief Minister and the TNA are directly responsible for the current situation with their forked tongues and mannerisms thinking that we have forgotten the manner TNA has been linked to the LTTE over the years. Giving them benefit of the doubt now has not taken away our that we continue to distrust them primarily due to their own actions. Going round the world promoting separatism, linking up with Church priests that have had an agenda to divide Sri Lanka will always keep the Sri Lankan public in doubt about what the actual agenda is.

The Government needs to immediately take action and not function in the same manner that previous Governments functioned. The sovereignty of the country entails the elected Government to decide where to station its troops, how many to be stationed, where they are to be stationed. A chief minister of one province who had hardly visited the North during LTTE rule cannot now pretend to be the champion of the Tamils. These are all political games we are now tired of.

We are not ready to sacrifice the hard won peace that was given to us by the sacrifices made by 27,000 of our heroic soldiers. No politician can simply wait without taking stern action to find out who is causing mischief in the North whether they are foreign or local.

We have enough lessons to learn from to not repeat the same mistakes.

14 Responses to “LTTE shooting of Sri Lankan Policeman in Kilinochchi demands immediate action”

  1. Nanda Says:

    Yes. This is the most serious incident ever happened, due to gradual betrayal of motherland by backboneless leaders grossly fettered by craving to material comfort.

    This is just the tip of the ice burg, a huge mass of terrorism and separatism is under the water surface called human rights.
    Human rights do not apply to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, they are tigers. Instead of caging them, the government released them into their wilderness.

  2. thurai Says:

    Tamil Terrorism has three main Roots
    1) India
    2) Money
    3) Diaspora Tamils

    If GOSL isn`t aware of money flowing into the country and activities of Diaspora Tamils in Sri Lanka
    noone can stop another disaster. Tamil Terrorism has aim to gain Politiker power and wealthy life
    for particular community by misusing Tamil community by keeping enemity against others.

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    This is BLOODY SERIOUS terrorism.

    Our fools in govt. have DEMILITARIZED the north. POLICE (civilians) are NOT capable to handle TERRORISTS.

    Now make use of the ACT OF TERRORISM to wipe out Tamil racist politicians (“moderates”) like LTTE did. They are the ones who arouse terrorism.

    So “LTTE” is back. LTTE killed ALL Tamil politicians to become the SOLE REPRESENTATIVE. That is what they will do this time too!!

    Set a thief to catch a thief.

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    Thurai,

    You missed the most important roots.

    1. TNA, ACTC, TULF
    2. JaFFna Tamil people in SL

    Wipe out these MOTHERS OF TERRORISM. Mother of terrorism is very active now.

  5. Ratanapala Says:

    Our enemies of the so called International Community with tacit approval and support from monkeys from across the Palk Straits are plotting to make Sri Lanka, the next victim in the series – Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria and Ukraine. The President is still fiddling to the tunes of the Colombians, his newly found friends. Sri Lanka’s future looks grim again!

  6. thurai Says:

    Lorenzo.

    TNA ,ACTC,TULF I accept.

    There are some Tamils in Jaffna who really want live peacefully with other communities in Sri Lanka.
    But they have no power or financial support to fight aginst those Terrorist.

    Many Familie receive money from Abroad
    Tamil Politicians receive Money from abroad
    Tamil Political parties have Branches all over the world

    GOSL spending money to develop Jaffna

    There is nothing from Jaffna Politicians other than accusing GOSL.
    The poor Tamils who fight for the daily Bread have no chance to fight aginst those who misuse the
    Tamil communities and GOSL.

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    It is ordinary Tamils who vote for these TNA, TULF, ACTC racists.

    So ordinary Tamils must take responsibility for their action.

    Tamils can’t run with the hare and hunt with the hounds!!

    There are a few EXTRA ORDINARY Tamils who support SL against TNA, TNA VOTERS (biggest problem), etc.

  8. Christie Says:

    Thanks for the comprehensive listing of the development the Indian terrorist arm branded Tamil Tigers. In 1958 Indian terrorists expelled Buddhist monks from Naga Deepa and Buddhist Vihara Jafana. Sinhala fishermen bodies were sent to fish market in Kandy. a lot of Sinhala business families were killed. All these news were censored by Madam B’s govt.
    In 1979 Third Eye (RAW) trained terrorists in Palestinian Refugee Camps. MGR was the man in Tamilnadu.
    The other day a Sinhala employee of Tea Estate was bashed by a pack of Tamil employees.

  9. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    Colombo won the war against Tamil terrorism but not the desire to form Eelam. The stench of that lingers among the Sri Lankan Tamil expat community, in India and within the Tamil National alliance. It is further bolstered by the governments who host the expat Sri Lankan Tamil community and by the UNHRC under Navi Pillai.

    To date Colombo has won against the diplomatic war waged through the UNHRC. But it is obvious that more comprehensive actions have to take place:

    -do away with the 13th amendment
    -deal with the Tamil National Alliance
    -Press for the UNHRC to address the human rights violations commited by the Indian Peace Keeping force
    -Demand nations from India to the UK not to host terrorist outfits in their nation whose sole purpose is to divide Sri Lanka.
    These issues are obvious issues that can be demanded by Colombo. I am sure if Colombo sets her path in an offensive manner rather than a defensive manner the very issue of labeling the Sri Lankan military as violators of Human rights could be dismissed. Keep in mind the US military just in the Vietnam war used Agent Orange and Napalm on a massive scale and was never charged with human rights violations. Similar acts by other nations’ military have gone unnoticed by the UNHRC. There is no reason why Colombo has to accept a biased, prejudiced, unsubstantiated and unproven charges from the UNHRC against her military.

  10. Lorenzo Says:

    “[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 March 2014, 19:47 GMT]

    Condemning the arrest of Jeyakumari Balendran and her daughter at Musilampaddi in Tharumapuram, Ki’linochchi and demanding immediate release of Jeyakumari who has been remanded at Boosa jail, Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) and All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) organised a protest in Vavuniyaa, which was well attended by political activists, councillors and Catholic priests and nuns, who demanded international attention and immediate release of the victim turned activist Jeyakumari.”

    These are TERRORISTS shooting at the police. They should NOT be released. They NEED to be rehabilitated.

    At last some law and order in SL.

    A no taking prisoners approach would have saved govt. this headache.

  11. Lorenzo Says:

    Mahapola Education Fund is HANDED over to an Endian GAMBLING company!!!

    This is damn criminal. This Endian family company is a VERY SMALL company that is NOTHING in Endia. They plan to get money from SL gamblers and now owns Mahapola Education Fund!!

    Something is wrong with GOSL.

    “A private company that is to operate an online lottery will pay Rs. 500 million per year to an education fund administered by the Sri Lankan government, according to a government minister.

    Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando has said the company will make this annual payment to the Mahapola Education Fund in the next three years.

    The Minister told the media that the company had already paid Rs. 100 million and would increase the contribution to Rs. 1 billion in the fifth year of operation.

    The main opposition United National Party (UNP) has raised doubts over Oceanic Games (Private) Limited, which has been given management of the lottery to be operated in collaboration with eGame Solutions, a Hong Kong-based company.

    According to Minister Fernando, Oceanic Games (Pvt) Limited did not have a license to operate the on-line lottery but had been given its management after open tenders were called a year ago.

    He added that the government had not given a lottery license to anyone in the private sector, but a license for the Mahapola Fund.

    The Minister further noted that the government has given the management of the Education Fund to the private company.”

    -colombopage

  12. Sooriarachi Says:

    The Govt must take immediate action against anyone who commits a crime, whether a Government supporter or Terrorist supporter. The TNA, some NGOs & INGOs do not give up trying to insulate these criminals by misleading the International community in to believing, the arrest of even a Tamil Terrorists is a form of oppression. The Govt has done enough to bend backwards to accommodate these enemies of, not only Sri Lanka, but the entire civilised world. I am glad the Govt is not caving into these desperate international liars like the TNA, UNHRC and the LTTE diaspora. However, I am surprised the so called civilised people in the TNA like the CM of NPC are able to enjoy the peace dividends and security brought about by the Government to enable them to even step in to the North, are today blaming the Govt for the very mechanism used to eliminate Prabakaran and his gang of terrorists, in pursuit of regaining human and democratic rights of all Sri Lankans.
    No purpose is served by listening to outspoken leaders in UK and Canada, who are heavily biased and taken as naïve idiots by the LTTE diaspora. The Western regimes are opportunistic, without principles and the masses living in these nations are deliberately kept in the dark by a servile, self regulated media, that hides the crimes of Western regimes from their own people, in order to retain perks from these regimes.

  13. Nanda Says:

    Bw,
    I agree, “the desire for Ealam” MUST be put beyond comprehension. That should be the 2nd stage after war.
    Our buggers did not do it, instead they increased that desire.

    Desire is born because of ignorance. It is impossible to get rid of desire without getting rid of ignorance, that is the wisdom shall be cultivated in the FOOLISH TAMIL MIND that Sri Lanka has NO HOMELAND for them to carry out their PROSTITUTION no matter how they persuade NoveePeeilley.

  14. thurai Says:

    //Something is wrong with GOSL.

    “A private company that is to operate an online lottery will pay Rs. 500 million per year to an education fund administered by the Sri Lankan government, according to a government minister.//Lorenzo

    As I said money flowing into the country and go to the unemployed youths lead Terrorism.

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