Besieged civilians rise against terror in Wanni
A new form of terror-created “humanitarian catastrophe,” unfolding in
the Wanni, as valiant members of the Armed Forces are making rapid
strides on west of A-9 road and elsewhere in Mullaittivu and Kilinochchi
districts, appears to have gone unnoticed to terror sympathisers, both
here and abroad.
Many harrowing tales, emanating from hundreds of Wanni based
“captives” speak louder and clearer, as those forcefully ejected
innocent civilians are virtually held incommunicado facing Hobson’s
Tiger terrorist concentrations, now in a state of utter
disorganisation and panic with more and more hurriedly picked terrorist
reinforcements being sent to Thunukkai and Nachchikuda areas, pulling
out most from Puthukkudiyiruppu and Kilinochchi uncleared areas,
including those used by Tigers as “Tiger police traffic” men and women,
have begun to mobilise Wanni civilians to be used as “human shields”
since their manpower resources are fast thinning out.
On the diktats of Tiger area leaders, hundreds of civilians resident
in areas such as Nedunkerny, Chemmalai, Alampil, Nayaru between
Puliyankulam and Mankulam and also the public in Vallaipadu, Jayapuram
and Kiranchi areas were reportedly fleeing towards Oddusudan and
Puthukkudiyiruppu areas and Akkarayan areas respectively, though many of
those trapped civilians insisted on entering cleared areas under the
Tigers are reportedly busy simultaneously enlisting civilians as well
as LTTE prisoners, convicted for minor offences for fresh deployments,
as other LTTE deserters who were kept detained after arrests, are also
being moved to Welioya area after issuing “do or die” threats on them.
Civilian mobs on the other hand have voiced against those threatening
acts and harassment but Tigers, in anticipation of the induction of the
Security Forces into Tiger strongholds, continue to employ them for
construction of terrorist bunkers and defences.
Tiger terrorists, applying maximum possible terror tactics to delay
forward march of the troops in Mallavi and Thunukkai areas after Sea
Tiger bases and their administrative apparatus were shifted towards
Kilinochchi areas, beyond Nachchikuda, are inhumanly restricting the
movement of civilians into cleared areas. Daily meetings addressed by
Tigers are now routine for trapped civilians.
Tigers strictly advise them to undergo LTTE training in hideouts
where LTTE political leaders go on brainwashing those trapped civilians,
sources in the Wanni sector confirmed.
According to another report, a Tamil mother from Vattakachchiya
village has committed suicide drinking poison over loss of her beloved
two daughters within a period of three weeks while fighting against the
The moving story further told that one of her daughters was to
emigrate for higher studies, but Tigers had suddenly taken her away for
LTTE training by force. Saddened and badly affected as a result of the
lost this mother who has been working as a labourer for her survival,
has committed suicide.
One more episode of a different nature has also been reported from
Piramandankulam. A furious young man who resisted forced LTTE
conscription following his abduction from home has reportedly assaulted
his LTTE abductors.
Fearing reprisals, the affected youth has committed suicide within
minutes after consuming poison.
Likewise, the father of a young daughter has resisted LTTE moves for
conscription of his daughter in Piramandankulam area on July 20th, 2008
when Tigers have reached his home to take away his daughter.
However, the father with the help of his neighbours chased away
Tigers and saved the day. But the worst followed afterwards. Within a
matter of one day, several armed Tigers stormed his house and took the
whole family into terrorist custody. Whereabouts of those people are yet
to be traced, a relative who managed to enter cleared areas has told.
Tiger terrorists, busy changing their area leaders in the past few
weeks appear to be hell bent on retaining as many Wanni civilians as
possible in their territories. As they unsuccessfully tried in Vakarai
several months back, Tigers expect the Wanni also to turn to a
‘humanitarian catastrophe’ of unprecedented degree with a view to
harnessing international media attention.
A self-explanatory press statement issued by LTTE political wing
early this week revealed the realities of their plight. That statement
LTTE has requested former deserters to report immediately back to the
In the same vein, the LTTE has forced Government authorities serving
in Mallavi hospital to shift its services to elsewhere in Kilinochchi
district, unable to face the thrust of moving troops.
The LTTE, now facing a severe shortage of cadres and other supplies
are trying to use civilians as human shields.