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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

World

LTTE men wore Indian uniforms: ex-SL army chief
PTI
Colombo, March 20, 2013
First Published: 18:29 IST(20/3/2013)
Last Updated: 01:30 IST(21/3/2013)

LTTE fighters were dressed in Indian army uniforms during the final battles of the nearly three-decade long civil war, former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka has said.

Fonseka in an address to the Foreign Correspondents’ Association in Colombo on Tuesday also denied that his troops killed Balachandran, the 12-year-old son of slain LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Britain’s Channel 4 television network last month released new photographs of what they called Balachandran inside a military bunker having a snack and another frame which showed his bullet riddled body.

“These pictures could have been doctored,” Fonseka said. “The bunker where he was looks too tidy and orderly to be one of our bunkers. In the battle field, we did not have the luxury of having such neat and tidy bunkers,” Fonseka said.

“The camouflaged uniform worn by someone who is claimed to be a Sri Lankan soldier is not the one we issue our troops. This is the camouflage that is used by Indian troops. We know Tigers used smuggled Indian army-type uniforms,” he said.


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