Jungle Telegraph

5th November 2000

Jungle Telegraph

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Profuse apologies

What may have turned out to be a very serious incident ended on a quiet note, only because the top brass extended profound and unqualified apologies.

It began with the aide of a military top man going on the rampage, like an Elephant, at the night spot in a leading five star hotel. Other revellers who were dancing their cares away turned blue. The man was shown the door.

But insiders say he returned with full force. A commando style operation followed with some uniformed bodyguards of the top man smashing up everything around.

Local police were called in and they began their own probe. Police in the military arm concerned did their own probe too. The evidence that surfaced was far too embarrassing.

Some wanted to make sure the news did not reach the media. The worry was over how the Commander-in-Chief or others in the top echelons of the defence establishment would react.

So the top brass, did the best thing left extended profound and unqualified apologies to the five star management. Helping to soften things up was a one time battle hardened man, now much concerned with security at the five star joint.

Now the aide is to be given marching orders to a combat zone to fight the real enemy. Embarrassed top rungers are hoping the story will not leak.

Lost and gained

Two LTTE Sea Tiger boats were crossing the Palk Straits with barrels of diesel from Tamil Nadu on board. Three other boats were escorting them when a Naval patrol spotted their presence.

The Navy destroyed the two vessels. They exploded into balls of flames when hit by Naval gunfire. The others were chased in the high seas. Tiger guerrillas from the fleeing boats took refuge in a Russian vessel heading from the South Indian port of Chennai to Colombo.

The Russian crew was held at gunpoint by the Tiger guerrillas. Now comes the news that they seized a part of the Russian personal cargo crates of apples and other fruits !!!

Posting cancelled

Police Headquarters this week made a last minute change in the posting of DIG Special Branch, O.K. Hemachandra, to Eastern Range with effect from last Tuesday. He has now been moved to Police Headquarters. 

Gaya Pathikirikorale will remain as DIG Eastern Range and will also oversee the Special Branch, the intelligence arm of the Police that comes directly under the Inspector General of Police.

Successful strike

Air Force Commander, Air Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody, has commended his men for a successful strike on an LTTE convoy in the jungles of Peraru in Trincomalee. It avenged the LTTE surface to air missile attack that downed an helicopter gunship with the commanding officer of the Mi-24 gunships.

Military intelligence has now confirmed that the air strike killed 38 LTTE cadres and injured 52. There were seven group leaders among the dead and injured.

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