Daily Archives: February 18, 2007
By Walter Jayawardhana
AFTER CAPTURING TWO LTTE BOATS LADEN WITH CLAYMORE BOMB COMPONENTS TAMIL NADU POLICE PROBING INTO ORIGINS OF SUPPLIES TO THE INSURGENTS
After the seizure of two Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) boats carrying improvised explosive devices components by the Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Navy last Monday and Wednesday the Tamil Nadu Police is probing into the exact origin of the cargoes, Tamil Nadu Police said.
Although the details pertaining to where the contraband was loaded to the boat seized by the Indian Coast Guard is not yet known, the Police said they exactly know more details about the second LTTE boat seized by the Indian navy.
Statements made by those who were arrested in connection with the seizure of the second boat by the Indian Navy revealed a LTTE kingpin named Kannan supervised the loading of the components necessary to assemble Claymore Bombs or Improvised Explosive Devices.
The Police told newspapers that they were seeking the help of the Indian Coast Guards to study the sea routes taken by the LTTE smugglers to take the illegal shipments to Sri Lanka.
Police assumed that the loading of the Monday boat would have been done at a hamlet close to Tuticorin in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
People arrested in connection with the Wednesday LTTE boat said Kannan, who has also operated under many other aliases in the past, has supervised 15 people in loading the boat. Those who arrested said he distributed money among them. It was also revealed in the Police investigations that he operated an arms procurement network in the Tamil Nadu state for the LTTE.
Five people who are in police custody are expected to be taken out by the police to places where the loading exactly took place.
Their statements also would help the police to understand the smuggling centers between Ramanathapuram and Tuticorin and the link roads leading to those loading centers.
Immediately after the seizure of the second boat laden with explosives the Indian Coast Guard announced that they would add two more patrolling ships along what they called sensitive stretches along Tamil Nadu coast. They said they would be doubling or tripling the patrolling in those areas and also employing surveillance aircraft over the area.
The Indian Coast Guard said the coconuts and rice bags found on the boat have been used as a decoy to conceal arms ammunition and suicide belt loaded in the boat.
Samples of the illegal material found on the boat have been sent for analysis to Indian navy’s metallurgical research laboratory at Visakapatnam in Andrapredesh.
ARMY HAS RECOVERED 730 T56 ASSAULT RIFLES ABONDENED BY THE FLEEING TIGERS IN THE EASTERN PROVINCE
The army searching and clearing operations were able to recover 78 T-56 assault rifles in the Ichchalampattu area and 28 T-56 assault rifles in the Vakarai area, Saturday February 17, Defense ministry sources said.
According to army sources in the Eastern Province the Army has recovered 730 T-56 assault rifles in total so far abandoned by the fleeing Tamil Tigers with the fall of their strongholds in the area.
Army sources further revealed a large number of weapons have been abandoned by the Tamil Tigers because more than 700 of them have died during the battles to keep their strongholds in the Eastern Province in their hands unsucessfully.
The Defense ministry sources said during the search and clearing operations by the Sri Lanka Army in the Ichchalampattu area apart from the T-56 assault rifles 37 RPG rockets, 38 RPG charges, 2 gun mountings, one 12.7 tripod, 800 12.7 rounds, 295 .50 rounds, ten boxes of Bangalore torpedoes, one kilogram of C4 explosives, 140 T-56 magazines, and seven outboard motors have been recovered.
Defense Ministry sources said The Army units are also clearing the areas of booby traps, land mines and anti-personnel mines to prepare the area for the civilians to come back and settledown.
On Saturday the troops also recovered apart from the T-56 s a RPG launcher from Vakarai area.