7 January 2005
Lanka Truth (the Most Reliable News in
Sri Lanka) on
Special coffin to the Tigers
"Tigers' Organisation is reported to have placed an order for an
extraordinary coffin with a foreign country.
The Tigers' Organisation says that this coffin was ordered for the
funeral of a Sea Tiger leader who was second in rank and fell prey
to the tidal waves.
But intelligence sources have received information that Tiger leader
Velupillai Prabhakaran was reportedly killed by the tsunami tidal
waves and this special coffin was intended for his funeral.
Velupillai Prabhakaran has attended the special Sunday Service held
at Mullativu church on 26th last December and all those present at
this special Service are reported to have been killed by the tsunami
Intelligence sources say that outsiders were not allowed entry into
the Mullativu jungle in fear that this shocking revelation will
cross its boundaries. However Intelligence sources say that they are
still receiving information in this regard."
8 January 2005
Tiger leader dead or missing after tsunami: Sri Lanka radio -
COLOMBO : Elusive Tamil Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran and his
intelligence chief Pottu Amman are among the dead or missing after
last week's tsunami disaster, state radio said Saturday, sparking
fresh tension between government and rebels who immediately denied
The Island newspaper, meanwhile, reported Saturday that an expensive
coffin "for a top LTTE leader" had been smuggled into a northern
Tiger area inside a container carrying relief for tsunami survivors.
The LTTE, in a statement posted on its official Peace Secretariat
website, slammed the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation for carrying
the reports, saying now was "not the time for gossip mongering and
"The LTTE and the Tamil people wish to strongly protest against this
mischievous act of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, stooping
down to such low level of broadcasting news that (is) fabricated by
interested parties," the statement said.
"At a time of a national catastrophe of this magnitude, it is very
... regrettable that a responsible media of the government takes
upon itself the job of spreading rumours and speculation that tend
to create confusion in the minds of the people," it added.
The radio reports quoted a
Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri as saying
Prabhakaran and Amman were among those killed or missing in the
Observers said, however, it would be difficult for the guerrillas to
hide their leader's death and pointed out he had made a statement
expressing sympathy for all those hit by the December 26 tsunami
days after tragedy.
Prabhakaran directs the struggle for an independent Tamil homeland
from a secret jungle base in the north-east of Sri Lanka and has a
reputation as a fearless and ruthless guerrilla leader.
Under his leadership, the Tamil Tigers have become a
highly-disciplined and highly-motivated guerrilla force.
Tension has already been rising since the rebels Wednesday accused
government security forces of preventing private donations from
getting to temporary shelters in rebel areas holding tsunami
survivors - claims which the government denied.
The two sides have observed a truce since February 2002, but
Norwegian-backed peace talks have been on hold since April 2003.
Despite the deadlock in negotiations, both sides have pledged to
respect the ceasefire. - AFP
10 January 2005
B Raman, Additional Secretary
(retired), Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, New Delhi, and,
presently, Director, Institute for Topical Studies, Chennai
on Tsunami & LTTE
"...The LTTE is a ruthless organization
and Prabakaran was the
most ruthless terrorist
leader in the world. One need not shed any tears over his death,
is really dead... the Sri Lankan Tamils need an
LTTE minus Prabakaran and.. if the LTTE throws him out and gives up
terrorism, India and Sri Lanka should be prepared to do business
with it.... Statesmanship
demands that the Sri Lankan leaders should work for such a
denouement through special gestures to the Tamils and the
leaders of the LTTE...
One only has to visit the Internet chat rooms of
many Sinhalese groups to have an idea of their mindset. I am giving
below random examples of the comments of the Sinhalese:
"If we let
them alone, disease will wipe them out. Sounds like the seven
plagues in Egypt to me. Let God do what man has been unwilling to
"Nothing like a giant tsunami to ruin a good rebellion;"
[children who were killed by the tsunami] would have ended up as
child soldiers of the LTTE anyway;"
"Let them [the Tamils]
rot. Perfect opportunity to go in and wipe out what's left of them;"
"Have their leaders strap on mega-bomb vests, then explode
themselves. I'm sure they'll leave behind a crater large enough to
bury quite a few bodies." .... "
8 January 2005
condemns Sri Lanka State Media Reports
"...Referring to a news item broadcasted by the
Government owned Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) Saturday
morning, quoting Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri as the source person,
that the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the
Intelligence Chief of the organisation are among the dead or
reported missing consequent to the Tsunami tidal wave attack, the
LTTE in a press release said that it "strongly protested against the
mischievous act of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, stooping
down to such low level of broadcasting news that are fabricated by
interested parties... The government has a moral responsibility to ensure
that its media exercise extra caution in broadcasting news material
that tend to create tension and confusion, especially at a time the
people are in distress consequent to the natural disaster..."
11 January 2005
Where is Prabakaran? - Hindu Editorial
Even if one were to discount reports that the leader of the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Velupillai Prabakaran, is
among the thousands dead or missing in Sri Lanka after the
December 26 tsunami, his absence at a time of unprecedented
crisis for the people in the LTTE-controlled North-East is
In the countries hit by the catastrophe, national and
regional leaders publicly and visibly rallied to provide
direction to a people confused and shattered by the unexpected
nature of the calamity and the extent of the devastation around
them. In Sri Lanka, the country worst affected after Indonesia,
both President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Leader of the
Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe rose to the occasion. The
President cut short her private visit to the United Kingdom and
flew back to Sri Lanka immediately to direct relief operations.
During her short absence in the immediate aftermath of the
disaster, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse held the fort ably.
President Kumaratunga and Mr. Wickremesinghe put aside their
rivalry and made similar appeals calling on the Sri Lankan
people to rise above all political, ethnic, and religious
differences and to make a united effort to rebuild the country.
But in North-East Sri Lanka, where some places have been as
badly affected as parts of the south, the most important
political figure is conspicuously missing. Where is Mr.
Prabakaran at this hour of grief and distress for a people he
claims only he and his group can lead?
A statement from the LTTE lambasted the Sri Lanka
Broadcasting Corporation, a state-run radio station and the
first to air a report about Mr. Prabakaran's possible fate in
the tsunami, for "spreading rumours and speculation." The radio
station has since retracted the report but it is interesting
that the LTTE statement is not a categorical denial. In fact, it
does not say anything specific about Mr. Prabakaran's safety and
Ignoring this detail and assuming that the LTTE leader is
alive and well, his non-appearance in public is outrageous by
any standard of leadership, considering that of the more than
30,000 people killed in Sri Lanka nearly half lived in the
North-East. On December 29, a statement attributed to him and
appealing for international assistance for the tsunami-hit
regions of the North-East appeared on a few websites. But nearly
two weeks after the tragedy, the "national leader," as Mr. Prabakaran is described by the LTTE, is yet to make direct
contact with the Tamil people. It can be argued that the LTTE
supremo obsessed with his security makes only rare public
appearances. Over the last decade, he has not departed from his
custom of making a public appearance and speech just once a
year, on November 27, a day observed by the LTTE as "Heroes
Day." But surely an extraordinary situation demands
extraordinary gestures by a leader.
However, the absence of the LTTE leader does not seem to have
held up relief operations in the North-East. Despite the
extensive toll the tsunami inflicted on its military forces,
especially its Sea Wing, the LTTE has managed to project its
capability in organising relief. Soosai, the commander of the
Sea Tigers who is widely believed to have differences with
Prabakaran, has been the most visible member of the LTTE
hierarchy post-tsunami, and appears to be leading the task of
relief and immediate rehabilitation.
The Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation, a front of the LTTE,
has stepped up efforts to raise funds abroad, especially from
the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. For long, Mr. Prabakaran's name
alone was used to motivate the Tiger international network. But
first Karuna's revolt, and now the tsunami, seems to have
transformed the situation on the ground in favour of the Sri
Assuming he is alive, the LTTE supremo will be under
tremendous pressure to appear in public. Not only will such
surfacing be the only way to express solidarity with the people
he claims to represent, it is the only way by which he can set
at rest the stories aswirl about his fate.
12 January 2005
Pirabhakaran Mystery; a
Response to the Hindu Editorial by Sachi Sri Kantha
"I read with amusement your editorial [Jan.11] which had a
caption, 'Where is Prabakaran?'. The simple answer is, he is in Eelam. He
has been in Eelam since 1987, after returning from the "house arrest" in New
Delhi arranged by the then Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and his then
prime advisor J.N.Dixit. Unlike typical Sri Lankan politicians [ such as
President Chandrika Kumaratunga, foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar and
their ilk], Prabhakaran is not in the habit of flying off to other lands, at
the drop of the hat. He is not even a politician. He is a visionary rebel,
in the mould of Subhas Chandra Bose. Only run of the mill politicians
salivate like dogs for camera attention and interviews from journalist
hacks. Tamils in Eelam know well that Prabhakaran lives amongst themselves,
and thus there is no urgent need for merely 'showing the face' to console
the affected public. Tamils will never forget that since 1987, Prabhakaran
has led the LTTE forces against the Sri Lankan army and Indian army, while
living among them in Eelam. Eelam populace can distinguish well journalists
from India [amongst whom the the House of Hindu counts as one], who show
faked anguish and pseudo-sympathy in words to their plight and to their
13 January 2005
LTTE statement on Prabhakaran’s death is not a categroical denial – Asian Tribune,
Colombo, 13 January, (Asiantribune.com): The editorial of The Hindu,
(January 11, 2005) has opened up the mystery of the missing
Prabhakaran once again. This Indian national newspaper pin-points
that though the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation has “retracted
the report (of Prabhakaran’s death) the LTTE condemnation of the
broadcast “is not a categorical denial.” It adds: “In fact, it does
not say anything specific about Mr. Prabhakaran's safety and
The Hindu also points out that “Karuna's revolt, and now the
tsunami, seems to have transformed the situation on the ground in
favour of the Sri Lankan state.”
14 January 2005
Prabhakaran dead! Body found! says Karuna - Graphic Details of
Prabhakaran's Death - At Lanka Truth -
The Most Reliable News in Sri Lanka
At Our Lanka -
At Talk About Network
Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is dead says leader of
the Tamileela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) and former
military leader of the Tiger organization for Eastern Province,
Karuna Amman.Speaking to our reporter yesterday, Karuna Amman
said more than 500 top level cadres of the Wanni Tiger
organization died when tsunami waves battered the coastal belt
in Sri Lanka on 26th December and among them were Piriharan and
Prabhakaran’s body was found on the 12th at
about 11.30 a.m. A group of Tiger members who had been
searching for his body using a few boats that survived
tsunami waves found the body said Karuna. Though the body
was in a decomposed stage the Tiger members were able to
recognize it as that of Prabhakaran’s. My associates in
Wanni had informed me that top Tiger leaders who have
survived tsunami had been looking for Prabhakaran for the
last few weeks.
Death of Pottuamman and his deputy had been
reported even earlier. The VIP funeral that was held at ‘Maha
Weera’ memorial was held for Pottuamman. Many expected
Prabhakaran to participate at this ceremony. But what really
happened was Balraj read a message said to be from Prabhakaran.
Many of the underground quarters have been filled with water.
Mulativu hospital which treats only the Tiger elite has been
completely destroyed. Pottuamman died while he was there.
However, Tiger organization will not announce these deaths.
What they say is their leader is hiding in a safe hideout.
Can we believe that there is a threat that he
canot come out for a few seconds, face a video camera and get
back into his hiding place? I challenge! If Piripaharan is
alive, let him video a statement about the latest situation and
issue it to the public.
It is very clear. If he is the liberator of the
Tamil people he should come forward now. But how can a dead
person appear in video?
This is how Karuna Amman spoke
about Prabhakaran’s death. However, Tiger organization states
there hasn’t been any harm to their leader. "
16 January 2005
Lanka Truth (the Most Reliable News in
Sri Lanka) on SLFP Dinakara Report
"Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the Wanni
Tiger organization is
dead says ‘Dinakara’ official organ of the SLFP in a headline in its
latest publication quoting a foreign journalist.
Under the headline “Prabhakaran, no,no,no!” ‘Dinakara’ states a
number of top leaders of tiger organization including Prbhakaran
perished in tsunami waves. The newspaper emphasizes that the rumour
that Prabhakaran is hiding is baseless.
“Dinakara” is the official organ of the SLFP which is published with
the direct supervision of the president of the SLFP, Ms. Chandrika
|Kumaratunga, the President."
18 January 2005
Lanka Truth (the Most Reliable News in
Sri Lanka) on
Prabhakaran dummy comes to life
"Wanni Tiger organization is making arrangements to bring before the
media a person resembling Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader
Tigers are making a great effort to conceal from the world
It is rumoured in Wanni that one of the bodyguards of Prabhakaran,
who resembles him physically, is to be prepared to be presented to
the media as Prabhakaran. At the moment make up artists are working
on him say these sources.
Tigers are making arrangements to publish photographs of this pseudo
“Prabhakaran” having a discussion with a foreign delegate.
Though 25 days have passed since tsunami disaster, Prabhakaran has
not appeared in public nor has any media announcement made about his
failure to address the public after such a disaster where according
to Daya Master, their spokes person, more than 20,000 of their
members have perished.
A foreign news agency had reported that Prabhakaran and Pottuamman,
the tiger intelligence chief had died in tsunami waves."
20 January 2005
T.Sabaratnam- the Gap
"... The rumour about Pirapaharan’s death inflicted the
greatest damage. It showed clearly the desire of the Sinhala people to
defeat the Tamils and subjugate them. A week after the Norwegian envoy
received a message from the Tiger leader, the state-run radio, Sri Lanka
Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), interrupted its normal program and
announced the death of Pirapaharan. The story, repeated several times,
said Pirapaharan was one of victims of the tsunami killer wave. Such
repeat announcements are usually given in the case of death of the head of
state or government. But, unlike in the case of the death of a very
important persons' announcement, which normally saddens the people, this
announcement gladdened the majority of the Sinhala people. ..The SLBC
announcement attributed its source to Sri Lanka’s top security service
official, Chief of Defence Staff and Navy Commander Vice Admiral Daya
Sandagiri. ...The Island and its Sinhala sister paper Divaina, the
torch-bearers of Sinhala chauvinism,
picked the story and added something of their own. Their reporter rang his
contact in the EPDP propaganda unit. He was provided with an ‘inside’ story
of two expensive coffins, each costing around one million Sri Lankan rupees,
being smuggled to Vanni hidden in the lorries that carried tsunami relief
23 January 2005
S.Sivanayagam on Rumour-mongering, Sinhala
Chauvinism and Hindu's Ram
"The recent vicious instance of rumor-mongering was the
spread of false rumours reporting the death of Tamil leader Velupillai
Pirabakaran. Reports of the "death" of Mr. Pirabakaran are nothing new. But
what is surprising is the number of people in high places who have been
deriving a morbid pleasure in wishing that Mr. Pirabakaran were dead.Who are
these people in high places? The President of Sri Lanka, Madame Chandrika
for instance. .. At a time when the whole of Sri Lanka was reeling under the
biggest disaster the country had known...how did these people occupying such
seats of responsibility lose their sense of humanity to relish the prospect
of the Tamil leader’s death, even it were the 'dreaded' Pirabakaran? The
case of the editor of a leading Indian newspaper – The Hindu –Ram
by name, is even more shameful. No sooner than the wishful
conjecture of Mr. Pirabakaran’s death spread in Sri Lanka and in the West,
Ram jumped on the
bandwagon. "Where is Prabakaran?" was the title of his editorial on
January 11, as if that was a fit subject for an editorial in a reputed
Indian newspaper, at a time when both his country and Sri Lanka were reeling
under the tsunami tragedy. It was very obvious that the poor man was wishing
that Mr. Pirabakaran was dead, from the kind of doubts he raised in that
editorial about the Tamil leader being alive. What a disappointment for him
to find Mr. Pirapaharan is very much alive..."
30 January 2005
Desperately Seeking Intelligence
- Sachi Sri Kantha
"Now that the rumors of LTTE leader Pirabhakaran’s death due to tsunami
on December 26th have been shredded as whimsical hot air of
intelligence-challenged individuals in Colombo, it is not irrelevant to
delve a little into the mentality of pseudo-experts who gulped such hot
air. The Tweedledum and Tweedledee of Chennai, sharing the same name
[N.Ram and B.Raman] crosses one’s mind. The folly of Tweedledum N.Ram –
the editor of the Hindu newspaper - has been aptly critiqued by the
Oru Paper editorial of January 23. The
Tweedledee B.Raman also deserves some scorn...Last year, in the
aftermath of V.Muralitharan’s [aka Col.Karuna] sacking by the LTTE, I
was informed by a Tamil Nadu-born reader of my commentaries that this
same B.Raman was a top intelligence official serving the Research and
Analysis Wing of Indian bureaucracy..."
1 April 2004
The RAW Factor in Col.Karuna's Revolt
- Sachi Sri Kantha
“The Cabinet Secretariat Research and Analysis Wing [RAW], India's most
powerful intelligence agency, is India’s external intelligence agency. RAW
has become an effective instrument of India's national power, and has
assumed a significant role in formulating India's domestic and foreign
policies. RAW has engaged in disinformation campaigns, espionage and
sabotage against Pakistan and other neighboring countries. RAW has enjoyed
the backing of successive Indian governments in these efforts. Working
directly under the Prime Minister, the structure, rank, pay and perks of the
Research & Analysis Wing are kept secret from Parliament.”
By Way of Background....
1 June 1990
Tamil Voice International Editorial -
"In India, (there is) the widespread suspicion that RAW has been
planting "stories" with the help of obliging editors and reporters
in order to wean away popular sympathy from the Eelam Tamil
cause. Where they failed to suppress Eelam Tamil nationalism through
cloak and dagger methods on Eelam Tamil soil, they now resort to a
continuous campaign of disinformation through the Indian media."
2 May 2001
Pirabaharan's Premature Obituary in the Madras Hindu
- Sachi Sri Kantha,
"..Before Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated
in 1991, the motley brand of spies belonging to India's Intelligence
Agencies had plotted to kill Pirabaharan. Among my collection of
Pirabaharaniana, nothing beats the following news item, which appeared
in the Hindu newspaper of July 24, 1989. The caption was, "Prabhakaran
reported killed in LTTE shootout".
5 December 2002
The ‘Death’ and ‘Rebirth’ of Prabhakaran
"..India’s state-owned electronic media, both All India Radio and
Doordarshan made their listeners and viewers happy across the
sub-continent. Chief Minister of Northeastern province and the
IPKF’s poodle Varadaraja Perumal said he was absolutely certain that
Prabakharan was dead. No doubt he was seeing visions of a rosy
future for himself..."