Jungle Telegraph

29th October 2000

The Jungle Telegraph

By Alia
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Taped evidence

Even if they succeeded in penetrating the high security Inner Harbour at Trincomalee headquarters of the Navy's Eastern Naval Area to attack a passenger vessel and gunship, Tiger guerrillas have left behind some tell tale evidence that speak of their modus operandi.

That came in the form of a VHS video cassette. The camera, cassette tape and the Cameraman are now in security forces custody.

If the cassette contains footage of how preparations for Monday's attack went on for several weeks, a detailed narrative has come from the Cameraman.

He has bared details of how things were planned and the role played by LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran.

But the attack itself at dawn on Monday was certainly not a surprise event. MOD sources said that the Directorate of Internal Intelligence gave a specific warning in September, this year, that the LTTE was planning a major attack against Naval crafts at the Trincomalee harbour.

Was the Navy warned or did anyone ignore the warning ? Perhaps that will remain a forgotten chapter.

International Arbitration

AState owned trading organisation in Eastern Europe has threatened to go for international arbitration over a military deal involving more than 110 million US dollars or over Rs 8.7 billion.

The complaint is over Sri Lanka reneging on the deal after an accord had been signed.

Seniors absent

It was a party at the Police Headquarters to bid farewell to SSP Ranjit Perera, who was retiring after 40 years of service. He had earlier been given a guard of honour.

But for the farewell party at the IGP's conference room, hosted by the acting Police Chief, T Anandarajah, there were notable absentees - two DIG's who counted themselves senior to all others barring only the IGP himself.

Defence Chief off to Hawaii

Chief of Defence staff, General Rohan de S. Daluwatte, leaves this week for Hawaii, USA.

For the first time he will take part in the Chiefs of Defence Forces Conference sponsored by the US Army's Pacific Command.

New head of Special Branch

The head of one of the Government's intelligence arms, The Special Branch (coming under the IGP) DIG O.K. Hemachandra has been transferred to the Eastern Range with effect from October 30. The area encompasses Ampara and Batticaloa districts.

The present incumbent there, Gaya Pathikirikorale will take over as DIG Special Branch.

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