the killing of Plote Mohan
By Chris Kamalendran
Six months back 'Siva', a native of Kothiyapallai in Batticaloa,
had been hand picked by the LTTE for an important mission. His task
was to locate the most recent photograph of 46- year -old Kandiha
Yogarasa alias Plote Mohan, an enemy of the Tamil Tigers.
was told to offer up to Rs. five million for the photograph of one
of the most 'wanted men' by the LTTE. He approached close relatives
including Plote Mohan's sister for the photograph assuming they
would be attracted by the monetary offer. He told them he had heard
so much about Plote Mohan he wanted to see a photograph of him.
those past six months 'Siva' became a frequent visitor of Plote
Mohan's family in Kothiyapallai. But they said they didn't have
a recent photograph of him.
a determined Siva did not give up and he next tapped Plote Mohan's
brother. He approached him on the pretext of getting Plote Mohan
to use his influence to gain a licence to sell beer in his village.
The modus operandi worked and soon Siva was in direct telephone
contact with Plote Mohan. As the friendship grew, the unsuspecting
Plote Mohan invited Siva to meet him in Colombo.
to Plote Mohan's family the two had met on a couple of occasions,
significantly most of them opposite the popular House of Fashion,
where Plote Mohan was gunned down last Saturday.
the trust and friendship grew between the two, Siva kept on passing
information to the LTTE whose first task was to identify Plote Mohan
who had fled Batticaloa more than 15 years ago.
Mohan his wife Akila and 13 year old daughter were living in a high
security area in Nugegoda, where influential people including a
former UNF minister and current UPFA deputy minister also resided.
Akila is convinced that it was Siva who had led the LTTE to her
husband. "Siva was a regular caller and asked our help. We
never suspected him because he was close to the family," she
the broad daylight gunning down last Saturday, Colombo Crime Division
led by Senior Superintendent of Police, D.S.Lugoda, has unearthed
more information about 'Siva'. According SSP Lugoda, Siva had left
Batticaloa for the final mission on July 29 and stayed at 'Hotel
Imperial' along Duplication road. He had stayed here on two previous
following day he had phoned Plote Mohan and told him to meet him
at the regular meeting point - opposite the House of Fashion. "Last
Saturday he got down the regular threewheeler he uses and told me
he was going to meet Siva. He told me not to cook as he would be
bringing lunch," Akila said.
12 noon my former landlady came in the same three-wheeler that my
husband had left in and told me that my husband had fallen ill and
was in hospital. I did not believe her as my husband was hale and
it was not to hospital that Akila was taken to but to the scene
of the shooting where she identified her husband's body. Akila claimed
that her husband had been working closely with army intelligence
units for the past 15 years and was drawing a regular allowance
of Rs. 10,000 from the army.
were times when my husband was unable to go and collect the money
that I would go instead and sign and take the money on his behalf,"
she said. Akila lamented that none of the army personnel whom her
husband had helped had come to pay their last respects to him. She
claimed that her husband had even used his influence to get some
police and army officers promoted.
Mohan was a dreaded enemy of the LTTE as he had passed on vital
information about LTTE movements to the army leading to the detection
of about 21 suicide bombers with the suicide kits.
Lugoda said according to investigations, Plote Mohan had finalised
matters regarding getting the beer license for 'Siva' last Saturday.
Plote Mohan had picked up 'Siva' on that fateful day, from hotel
Imperial and then gone to Bambalapiitya where they met a Tamil businessman
to transfer the licence to Siva.
their return Siva had got himself dropped before they got to hotel
Imperial. After dropping Siva Plote Mohan was heading home when
he received a telephone call close to House of Fashion prompting
him to tell the driver to stop the three-wheeler. Within minutes
of getting off from the three-wheeler, Siva was gunned down by the
assassins who were waiting in ambush in a van.
have traced the vehicle number and searched the room in which Siva
was staying where they found two mobile phones and a diary. Soon
after, Batticaloa police had been alerted to search Siva's home
in Batticaloa but they found it abandoned.
Who is he?
Plote Mohan was a key figure in the army's intelligence
net work having provided vital information that led to the detection
of leading LTTE activists including suicide bombers.
joined the PLOTE, in 1985 October and was sent immediately for militaty
training to Tamil Nadu.On his return he was entrusted to be in charge
of the PLOTE’s Periyathampani camp.
subsequently left the PLOTE and escaped to Batticaloa, where he
was associated with the TELO group for a short period. He also helped
the Indian army by providing information about the LTTE.
has been accused of a series of killings including that of Rev.
Chandra Fernando a campaigner of human rights and President of the
Batticaloa’s citizens' committe.
the early 1990s he was accused of killing 'Khalid', a PLO- trained
senior commander of the Tamil National Army (TNA).After the Indian
army left he helped the Sri Lanka Army intelligence, while operating
was also accused of having a hand in the killing of several civilians
living in the Vantharamullai university refugee camp in the East.
A Special Presidential Commission headed by a retired supreme court
judge Palakidnar, identified Plote Mohan as one of those responsible
for the massacre.
he moved from Batticaloa to Colombo and continued to help the army
until he was gunned down last Saturday.