The LTTE dissident group led by Karuna today alleged that LTTE Leader Prabhakaran's paramilitary groups are running riot in Qatar, targeting several of their cadres after attempts by the Vanni faction to persuade these cadres to join Prabhakaran's camp once again failed.
The latest victim is 26-year-old Manoharan alias Kuruvi, one of the numerous members of Karuna's faction now working in Qatar. According to the Faction's political party spokesman Thooyavan, Kuruvi is in a critical condition in the Intensive Unit of Ahamed Hospital, (General Hospital) in Doha Qatar after he was hit on the head with a steel crowbar when he was fast asleep.
"After Col. Karuna dismantled his defense force, Kuruvi was one of the cadres that joined the labour force in Qatar," Thooyavan pointed out. He is employed as a cleaner in the International Cleaning Company (ICC) in Qatar and was living in one of the two camps of the company located at Sanya 49, Doha, Qatar. It is estimated that over a thousand of Col. Karuna's cadres re-located themselves in Qatar after he dismantled his force. An intelligence squad from the LTTE paramilitary group was dispatched to Qatar to win back Col Karuna's cadres to return to ranks of the LTTE. Tiger's Intelligence chief of the paramilitary group in Batticaloa Keerthi is in command of this operation.
"The intelligence squad from the LTTE paramilitary group, headed by Mathan of Palugamam, met with the members of the Karuna group in the two ICC camps. Their mission was to persuade the members of the Karuna group to abandon Col. Karuna and return to Batticaloa to fight the final battle with the Sri Lanka Government with the LTTE para military group," Thooyavan claimed.
However, the Karuna group in Qatar is reported to have rejected the offers made Mathan. So having failed in his mission, Mathan returned to Sri Lanka to report the stiff resistance he faced from Col. Karuna's group to Keerthi. It was after this that Sukasan, another intelligence agent from Palugamam who is currently working in Qatar, launched his anti-Karuna campaign aggressively in the ICC camps. He is the official representative of LTTE paramilitary group working in the ICC camps.
"On the 3rd February, a group of intelligence cadres led by Sukasan entered the ICC camps and vandalized the photographs of Colonel Karuna which was displayed very prominently in both camps," Thooyavan, spokesman for Karuna's political party," TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal.
"Subsequently on 06 February when Kuruvi was in his camp room, fast asleep, agents of the LTTE paramilitary group, specially sent from Batticaloa entered Kuruvi's room stealthily, and dealt a serious blow with a steel crowbar on his head . The assailants slipped away," he said.
Kuruvi was admitted to the general hospital in Doha Qatar and his condition is still critical. Latest reports from Qatar states that the local police have arrested Sukasan for the alleged attempt on the life of Kuruvi and the investigations are continuing. According to reports from Batticaloa Kuruvi is a handicapped person from Sittandy. He is a member of TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal. He left for Qatar in the latter part of May 2004, after the military wing of the TMVP was dismantled by its leader V. Muralitharan alias Colonel Karuna.