The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) charged that Sri Lanka Army troop has penetrated deeply into their territory and killed a Lt. Colonel, two captains and a private of their guerilla army in ambush at night.
The Sri Lanka Army has denied any of their troops had penetrated into the LTTE territory to kill, as alleged.
Under the ceasefire agreement signed by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Velupillai Prabhakaran, the government of Sri Lanka territory and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam territory are demarcated.
No army of both sides could enter each other’s territory. But LTTE guerillas could enter the Sri Lanka territory unarmed for political purposes. But in many reported incidents the LTTE entered Sri Lanka territory armed and for illegal child kidnapping purposes. During the past few months armed LTTE men entered Lanka government territory and exploded claymore bombs and ambushed Sri Lanka Army troops who were on road clearing duty. They also entered those territories to assassinate their political enemies from organizations like EPDP and PLOTE and Sri Lankan intelligence men.
The ceasefire agreement was signed when the LTTE was at the risk of losing some of their most important people in their guerilla separatist army by attacks of the deep penetration unit of the Sri Lanka army. For instance Thamilselvam, escaped death by the skin of his teeth. So, it was important for the LTTE to sabotage the deep penetration unit. As soon as the Ranil Wickremesinghe government came into power the police raided the Millennium housing scheme hide out of the deep penetration unit and exposed many combatants of the unit by the pro-UNP media. Some of them have been assassinated by the LTTE since then.
Analysts asked whether the army’s deep penetration unit has been revived or whether it was Karuna who was attacking the LTTE in ambush now. According to the statement issued by the LTTE, the terrorists are very much alarmed about what is happening deep inside their own territory.
The LTTE said the four guerillas were killed in ambush about 9 p.m. July 12 (Wednesday) at a place called Kadawanaikulam in Thampalakamam division in Trincomalee district. The attackers have been waiting in ambush at night. The Tamil Net said the attackers had penetrated into the LTTE held area Kadawanaikulam along Trincomalee-Kandy highway located about 20 kilometers off the South West of Trincomale.
According to the LTTE statement the following LTTE guerillas have been killed by the party in ambush: Lt.Colonel Eesan (Muthulingam Kalaiarasan of Eachantivu-Alankerni), Captain Theepan (Nagarajah Venthan, of Pattithidal-Muttur), Captain Thanushan (Venthan of Batticaloa) and Veeravengai Karuna (Thangavel Karunakaran of Mullipottanai-Thampalakamam).
Whether the attacks were done by a deep penetration unit or by the Karuna faction the incident has made it extremely dangerous for any LTTE troop to be engaged in any night movements now.