A desperate, despicable act
The gunning down
of civilians by the LTTE to prevent a mass exodus into
Government controlled areas is a most barbaric act that should
be deplored and condemned by all those who value human life and
It is clear now that the outfit is on its last legs and hence
would resort to the most extreme measures to salvage itself. Its
desperation now knows no bounds in the wake of fall of
Kilinochchi and loss of virtually all terrain under its control
barring Mulaithivu which is poised to be captured at any moment.
On Saturday the LTTE shot dead seven civilians including two
children who were on the run. Yet civilians keep on pouring into
safe havens set up by the Government to accommodate them.
In the course of two days some prior to Saturday over 200
civilians had sought refuge with the Army. This no doubt is what
is galling to the outfit who lay claim to being the sole
representatives of the Tamil people.
If the exodus continues at its current pace the LTTE is going
to lose the main platform of its so called liberation struggle.
For very soon they would not have the people to represent and
thus will go their Eelam dream in a puff of smoke.
This they want to prevent at all cost. That is why they have
made examples of civilians by shooting them to act as a
deterrent on the one hand while herding over 100,000 people into
a tiny pocket in Kilinochchi under the most primitive
According to TULF leader V. Anandasangaree men, women and
children have been driven to Kilinochchi like cattle from Mannar,
Vavunia and Mulaithivu by the LTTE unable to face the advancing
He said the LTTE is keeping these people for the sole purpose
of being used as a human shield. Where are those doughty human
right advocates who are quick to spot infringements of the
Government real or imagined, at the drop of a hat?
What have they got to say to the latest barbarity of the LTTE
in gunning down defenceless civilians for the crime of seeking
escape from their ordeal. Where are those do gooders who carried
mock coffins of a slain TNA politician not so long ago.
Or are the lives of politicians advocating separatism more
valuable than the lives of innocent civilians? The NGOs funded
scribes too remain unmasked in this regard.We are yet to see
them deploring this latest massacre in their columns which are
not so subtle as to where their sympathies lay.
The Government for its part should spotlight this multiple
killing of innocent civilians before the world to unmask the
true nature of the LTTE which is masquerading as the sole
liberators of the Tamil race.
It is sad that no condemnation has been forthcoming from
Tamil Nadu politicians who have been weeping buckets for their
brethren across the Palk strait. These politicians take pains to
explain that they are only concerned with the suffering of Tamil
civilians as against the LTTE.
Then why have they not condemned the LTTE for this heinous
crime. This surely unmask them for who they are.The Government
for its part should do its utmost to ensure the protection of
these civilians who are only seeking a new lease of life away
from their bondage. Steps should also be taken for speedy
rehabilitation of these hapless souls and integrate them into
mainstream of life.
The death by
drowning of two 13 year old male students in the Kotmale Oya as
reported in the media no doubt would have caused shock and grief
to many especially all parents of school going offspring.
The victims were among a group of 60 students who were on a
school sponsored project to do with environment. They were
accompanied by three teachers. It is reported that some of the
students went for a bath and three of them were caught in the
current. Only one of them was rescued. This is indeed a tragedy
which could have been avoided only if the teachers were more
vigilant.Meanwhile the parents claimed the teachers had not
obtained their permission to go on the trip.
A protest was planned by the parents against the school
authorities. Be that as it may the Education Ministry should lay
certain guidelines governing recreational outings especially
during these times when students are more rebellious and
independent in attitude and tend to defy authority.
This is not the first time that tragedies have occurred
during school excursions. Bathing and other risky ventures
should be made taboo and written consent should be obtained from
Parents before such trips.