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Prabhakaran lives 40 ft underground

world Updated: Dec 22, 2007 01:17 IST

Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran lives more than 40 feet underground in a massive, well provided, and seemingly impenetrable bunker complex hewn from rocks in a jungle in northeast Sri Lanka.

Adele Balasingham, the Australian-born wife of the late Anton Balasingham, the LTTE’s ideologue, describes Prabhakaran’s residence in the Alampil jungles, in her book The Will to Freedom.

“Our cadres led us down the steps into a room about thirty to forty feet underground. To our amazement, we could see that this subterranean haven of tunnels and rooms had been chiseled out of the underground rocks. Our room had been carved out, high enough to stand up in and move around comfortably.”

“Prabhakaran’s room was even deeper underground than ours,” she writes.