setting up auxiliary force of Thamil Eelam
By Chris Kamalendran in Kilinochchi
The Ceasefire Agreement notwithstanding, Tiger guerrillas have continued
to embark on further measures to strengthen their military machine.
The latest is a move to raise a 1,500 strong auxiliary force that
will form part of an armed militia of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam. More than 300 applicants have turned up for walk-in interviews
held at the LTTE "Police Headquarters" here upto Friday.
the first time guerrillas placed a formal advertisement in newspapers
to invite applicants to join the newly-established auxiliary force
where the applicants will be given a six-month armed training.
move was aimed at strengthening the depleted forces of the LTTE
after being hit by a large number of desertions from the movement
following the departure of renegade LTTE's Batticaloa-Ampara leader
Karuna who has also discouraged new cadres joining the movement.
will provide the military training and place them in various LTTE
projects, but when the need arises we use them for fighting,"
LTTE 'Police Chief' Nadesan told The Sunday Times.
interviews were open only for "citizens of Thamil Eelam"
and strict screening procedures were to follow to prevent the infiltration
of rival groups, including loyalists of Karuna.
fresh recruitment drive came as the UNICEF yesterday accused the
LTTE of continuing to conscript youth below 18 years and continuing
to violate the agreements reached with the UN agency.
UNICEF said that since April, 159 children had been recruited by
the LTTE and such recruitment was continuing (see separate story
on Page 6). This is the first time the LTTE is setting up an auxiliary
force where cadres are being directly recruited with a salary of
Rs. 8,500 a month.