LTTE's dreaded intelligence chief Pottu Amman has taken the overall command of the outfit amid the "fast deteriorating mental health condition" of its supremo V Prabhakaran who is hiding in the No Fire Zone in Sri Lanka's north, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.
The No Fire Zone in Pudukudiyirippu area of Mullaittivu, though demarcated by the government as a safety zone for civilians held by the Tamil Tigers, has now also become the sanctuary for the top rebels leaders, including LTTE supremo Prabhakaran, it said.
"Pottu Amman, the so-called intelligence leader of the LTTE, has now taken the overall command of the terror outfit" with Prabhakaran's mental health condition "fast deteriorating," the ministry said in a statement.
Amman, having no battlefield experience, has reportedly appointed Velawan, "the last remaining LTTE battle-hardened cadre, as the outfit's new military chief," the ministry quoted the sources as saying.
Amman is also a wanted key accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case in India.