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Prabhakaran's son wounded in Lankan army attack

world Updated: Apr 01, 2009 20:59 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

The 24-year-old son of LTTE chief V Prabhakaran was wounded while fighting against the Sri Lankan army (SLA) in the north-eastern distript of Mullaitivu, the military said on Wednesday.

Charles Anthony, Prabhakaran's eldest son who is claimed to be the brain behind the rebels' air wing, sustained injuries while leading the battle in the remaining LTTE-controlled area, military spokesperson, Brigadier Udaya Nanayyakkara said. The military stumbled upon the information about Anthony's injuries through intercepted LTTE communication. Details of his injuries, however, were not available.

The military also learned about the death of LTTE's technical wing chief S Kirupakaram alias Madivalahan through intercepted LTTE communication.

Kirupakaram was said to be the mastermind and chief coordinator of the LTTE's satellite cum radio communication network.
In another development, the LTTE has written to the UN for an ``immediate peasefire'' on the war with the Lankan armed forces.

``Our organisation welcomes the pall by the UN, US and UK Governments for an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka in order to allow humanitarian aid and relief to reach the affected people in the areas controlled by us. Our organisation wishes to reiterate our agreement to an immediate ceasefire,'' the LTTE said in the letter.

``While the world accepts our organisation to comply with International Humanitarian Law, the question arises as to whether a similar onus and responsibility rests on a supposedly democratically elected government of Sri Lanka to bring an immediate end to the shelling that is killing Tamil civilians in their thousands,'' the rebels wrote.

The statement added: ``the Sri Lankan government's constant apposition is that anything the aid agencies, or Tamil people or doctors say that is against the government propaganda view, is coerced by the LTTE .

Isn't it the same for those detained in the government run camps- will they say the truth while the wrath of the Sri Lankan government awaits them?