Trapped in a narrow five square km area in northern Sri Lanka, the embattled Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) poses a bigger threat to India.
“There is a strong possibility of LTTE suicide bombers slipping into India. There have been intelligence reports that LTTE cadres have sneaked in. Threat from LTTE has only increased going by their recent statements that those not with them are against them,” a senior government official, who didn’t wish to be named, said.
Warning that the recent military onslaught had only affected the conventional military capability of the LTTE, the official said, “The command and control structure of the militant outfit is still intact and will only be broken if it’s chief, Prabhakaran, is caught.”
New Delhi, the official said, is actively assisting in the rehabilitation process in Lanka. “India would be sending two more de-mining teams. More doctors would also be sent,” the official said.
India wants Lanka to provide immediate relief and rehabilitation to the displaced people and a political solution to the problem. “We have assurances from the highest level that more would be done.”
The number of causalities, the official said, had been remarkably low considering three months ago there was talk of possibility of lakhs of people losing their lives.