How does an
escaping soldier sustain head injuries?
Soldier K.P.A. Dharmadasa of the first battalion of the Army's
Vijayaba Infantry Regiment who was killed by Tiger guerrillas on February
15 in LTTE controlled Muhamalai area sustained not only three gun
shot wounds but also head injuries.
This is the
finding of the Chavakachcheri Magistrate who held an inquest and
later returned an open verdict. It was conducted after delegates
of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) handed over
the body to the Army at the Army-LTTE checkpoint at Muhamalai.
The LTTE claimed
in a statement that soldier Dharmadasa strayed into an area held
by them with two other soldiers. They were trying to escape when
they were shot dead, it said.
officials say the claim is a total fabrication. They ask how the
soldier could have sustained head injuries if he was shot whilst
had established that soldier Dharmadasa, who had an altercation
with his immediate superior, a sergeant, allegedly assaulted him
and fled his camp in Kilaly.
and the hurried LTTE statement giving reasons was in marked contrast
to the arrest of private Nihal Kumara from an Army camp in the Weliya
Oya complex after he strayed into an LTTE controlled area.
For well over
two months now, the UNF Government has not been able to secure this
13, private Kumara was again hauled up before the so-called LTTE
"Courts." The "Judge" had discussed the "case"
for more than 30 minutes. The "prosecution" had told "Court"
private Kumara stands "accused of espionage against the LTTE"
and asked for time to present their case. It was put off for another
A soldier attached to an Army intelligence unit in the east
was riding his bicycle from the Government controlled Batticaloa
town towards his house in the immediate outskirts when he was ambushed
by a group of Tiger guerrillas near Uppodi canal early this week.
a complaint made to Police in Batticaloa, the soldier had been taken
to a nearby LTTE office, assaulted and locked inside a room. Later
the same day, however, he escaped.
The man has
now told police that he had been robbed of his national identity
card and Rs 500.
slime just outside where laws are made
precincts of Parliament and its immediate outskirts at Kotte-Sri
Jayawardenapura - where all the laws are made for the nation - is
easily one of the most secure High Security Zones in Sri Lanka.
Some of the nation's best-trained men in close protection and VIP
security are there to guard the 225 representatives of the people
when they gather. When they are gone, things seem to change.
Just a few
hundred yards outside the hallowed precincts lay some potential
threats to environment, law and order and even lives.
opposite would qualify to be the best exhibit for impending environmental
disaster - empty plastic bottles, cans, polythene sacks, styrofoam
food packs and other rubbish are strewn all over. Rusted waste bins
overflow with flies swarming over food waste. Hundreds of men, women
and children who throng the area for recreation walk past them daily.
In an enclosure
further away, used as a car park, sections are sealed off by boulders
and rocks to protect children who cycle away. As dusk envelopes,
three wheelers arrive. Some spread their bottles of arrack and chasers
on the ground for a drink. At the far end, an aluminium hut has
become a vice den. Couples walk out from the three wheelers for
a tryst inside.
Youth in powerful
motorcycles (with no helmets) use the highway as a racing track.
There is no Police except for those on duty in the Parliament complex.
On February 4 (independence day), a group of kids had a miraculous
escape when a rider who raced on a motorcycle rammed into a car.
Perverts take up position behind bushes and trees. Parents are compelled
to walk their children away to prevent them from seeing their antics.
authorities, particularly the Police Chief, take note?
How to garner
crowds to a public rally
How does the
LTTE make sure crowds take part in rallies where their leaders are
This is what
they did when Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias "Colonel Karuna,"
LTTE Military Wing leader for the east and a member of their team
negotiating peace with the UNF Government, addressed a rally in
Karadiyanarau on February 16.
member of the LTTE finance wing in the east and 60 other cadres'
organsised a meeting for drivers and conductors of the Batticaloa
bus depot. They made clear they needed ten buses on that day.
by bus owners and their drivers, the guerrillas seized the buses.
They drove them through the military checkpoint at Vavunativu to
guerrilla-dominated territory with ease.
used the buses to transport crowds and their own cadres to the Karadiyanru
meeting. The buses were thereafter returned. However, owners received
no payment. Not even a thank you as one bus owner told Alia.
threaten MP to resign
Parliamentarian R. Parameshwaran (Eelam People's Democratic
Party - EPDP) has complained to Police that two Tiger guerrillas
- Pountham and Thampa - together with two others had intimidated
him and asked him to resign from Parliament.