Unabled to retrieve the body of LTTE intelligence chief Pottu Amman from the war zone, the Sri Lankan Army is still investigating the possibility that he may be alive despite several claims to the contrary.
Amman, wanted in connection with the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, was believed to have died along with most of the other Tiger leaders and an LTTE spokesperson had recently confirmed his death. The Army, however, did not find his body among the top Tiger leaders.
"Apart from the way the Tiger leader got killed, the military is also still investigating Intelligence Wing leader Pottu Amman's death as they could not find his body among top level Tiger leaders," the State-run Sunday Observer said.
"Therefore, they have to believe in the information divulged by a Tiger cadre who surrendered, that Pottu Amman was killed before LTTE teams arrived in military controlled areas," it said.
Meanwhile, DNA test on bodies of Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his son Charles Anthony identified them, clearing all doubts about their deaths, the paper said.
Besides Rajiv's assassination, Amman is wanted for the 1996 bombing of Sri Lankan Central Bank killing 91 people.
Former LTTE commander and now a Federal Minister Karuna Amman had recently said that LTTE International Relations head K Pathmanathan, had confirmed through a radio interview that Pottu Amman, had died in the combat.