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TWO TOP TAMIL TIGER SPIES KILLED BY SUSPECTED KARUNA LOYALISTS IN BATTICALOA IN RETALIATION TO A LTTE ASSASINATION

By Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles

The internal Tamil Tiger conflict still raging between the Karuna and Prabhakaran factions in the Eastern Province resulted in the killing of two top intelligence officials of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), security sources in the Eastern Province said.

According to these sources , Eastern Province’s top LTTE intelligence man Sivanadan Murali alias Pahalavan and Vathanan were shot dead during the afternoon of May 6 at Thannamunai about 9 kilometers North West of Batticaloa.

Sri Lanka military sources described Pahalavan as a top LTTE spy who had direct links with Pottuamman and Vathanan as a senior lieutenant of the Batticaloa spy leader. Police investigators said the two suspected gunmen had fled the scene without leaving any trace.

The two LTTE men met their ultimate fate while riding on a motor bike along Valaichchenai- Batticaloa main Road , the sources said. Officer in Charge of Eravur Police ,Inspector Dharmasena Ratnayaka said both died instantly after receiving gun shot injuries from a fire arm similar to a pistol.

But the LTTE news website , the Tamil Net iden6tified the dead only as political activists of the LTTE.

The Tamil Net, quoting LTTE sources said, “both activists had been shot dead by Tamil paramilitary groups closely associating with Sri Lanka Army in Batticaloa.”, an obvious reference to Karuna faction.

The two killings are believed to be a retaliation against the killing of a Karuna loyalist, 49 year old Chellai Kumarasuriyar , one day before, on May 5 at Eravur.

On that day suspected LTTE spies visited Kumarasuriyar , calling him outside to have a chat , according to the evidence given by his wife. After about 15 minutes , his wife Chitra Devi heard gun shots. She ran outside and saw Kumarasuriyar lying down with gun shot wounds to his head and chest. He had died instantly of the shooting.

Commenting about the deaths of their Batticaloa intelligence men, who were closely associated with Batticaloa-Ampara LTTE commander Romesh, the LTTE website Tamil Net said seven Tigers were shot dead on April 24 at Aithiammalai in Batticaloa District while in a second incident another Tiger who was riding a motor bike on May 2 was killed at Pendukalchenai.

All these killings were committed by suspected Karuna loyalists , sources said.



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