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LTTE recruits from refugees in TN: report

The LTTE has asked its agents in Tamil Nadu to recruit cadres from the Sri Lankan Tamil refugee population there, reports PK Balachandran.

world Updated: May 27, 2007 18:50 IST
PK Balachandran

The LTTE has asked its agents in Tamil Nadu to recruit cadres from the Sri Lankan Tamil refugee population there, says a report posted in the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry's website www.defence.lk on Sunday.

Writer Rajasingham Jayadevan says that the LTTE has issued instructions to its operatives in Tamil Nadu to get Tamils who had recently fled from North Sri Lanka to come back and join its ranks.

Jayadevan quoted a Tamil living in London as saying that there was a fear that younger members of his family living in Chennai might be forcibly taken away to the Wanni, where the LTTE had its headquarters.

Meanwhile, reports from the Wanni said that university students who had gone from Jaffna to the Wanni had been forcibly recruited, according to Jayadevan.

His report also spoke of the LTTE's Intelligence Wing leader Pottu Amman telling his chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran, that a final assault on the Jaffna peninsula could lead to the death of 50,000 civilians and 8,000 cadres.

Former Sri Lankan military spokesman, Maj.Gen (rtd) Sarath Munasinghe has been quoted in the media here as saying that the LTTE is preparing for an all-out assault on Jaffna, and that the amphibian assault on Delft Island last week was a precursor.

But Jane's Defence Weekly correspondent Iqbal Athas told Hindustan Times that he discounted such a possibility because the LTTE lacked men and weapons to capture Jaffna and hold it.

But it would keep harassing the Security Forces at various places in a war of attrition, he said.

According to The Sunday Leader the LTTE has already heavily infiltrated Jaffna with human bombers, who are to explode if challenged. The LTTE is also using Hindu temples to store its weapons and munitions.

The Sri Lankan forces have appealed to temple priests not to cooperate with the LTTE. Some priests have been arrested in the recent past for being complicit with the LTTE.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that in the fighting on Delft Island off Jaffna, the Sri Lankan navy lost a radar which was tracking LTTE boats operating on the India-Lanka smuggling route. The radar was not whisked away, as reported in a section of the press, but damaged.

Sri Lanka is currently on a 3D and 4D radar shopping spree to bolster its air defences in the face of the mounting threat from the LTTE's Tamileelam Air Force (TAF) ,which has already conducted four raids without sustaining any loss.