Jungle Telegraph

9th April 2000

By Alia

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Strange operation 

Police are investigating a somewhat strange operation which a group of men in uniform carried out at an archaeological site in Block Four of the Yala sanctuary.

They are said to have chased the watcher and the villagers away before launching the operation digging for valuable treasure.

A man who is said to have majored in the art of treasure hunts and known for his praises for "victory and flag" had had led the group.

An influential cleric in the area raised the issue and the Police moved in.

This is not the first time uniformed men in Yala area have been in the news. Earlier reports spoke of the penchant some developed for wild boar and venison.

Put on hold

The Ministry of Defence has put on hold a planned trip next week to Pakistan by Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Srilal Weerasooriya. This is in view of the troubled situation in the north.

The Pakistani Government of Gen. Pervaiz Musharaff had planned an elaborate programme for Lt. Gen. Weerasooriya. It included briefings by Pakistan's Director General of Military Intelligence , meetings with Director General of Weapons & Equipment, visits to heavy industries and School of Artillery.

Lt. Gen. Weerasooriya is an alumni of Pakistan's National Defence Academy.

Security details

Even intelligence operatives were called in recently to brief the security detail of a Cabinet Minister.

The bodyguards were given a exhaustive lecture on possible forms of attacks and the characteristics of the men who would be involved.

All this was after intelligence reports spoke of the Minister in question now becoming a "very high profile target."

Last month, effigies of the man had been burnt at an LTTE rally in the Wanni.

Short of fuel

Did the ill fated Antonov 12 aircraft that crashed at Katana on March 24 take a lesser fuel load than stipulated from Bangkok to accommodate a larger cargo load ?

Top level investigations into this aircraft is learnt to have brought about this revelation.

When bad weather and poor visibility caused the aircraft to circle around the Bandaranaike International Airport area, they say, it had run short of fuel. Insiders say if the stipulated fuel intake was pumped, the aircraft would have been in a position to fly to Madras.

Marching orders

Four Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs) of the Presidential Security Division (PSD) have received marching orders.

This follows investigations into the December 18, 1999, Town hall explosion triggered by an LTTE female suicide bomber. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga escaped death miraculously.

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