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Special Task Force has played a pivotal role

The Special Task Force has played a pivotal role in conducting counter terrorist operations in Northern and Eastern theatres and securing the main Supply Routes in Ampara, BCO, Vavuniya and Kebbetigollewa in addition to providing security to the VVIPS.

The main capability of the STF is the successful handling any form of terrorist insurgency situation with minimum casualties. The STF Troops earned the reputation of being battle-hardened, fearless fighters with the capacity to negate any internal threat.

The STF always believe in providing security to the Populace in a holistic way, covering all ingredients of security, economic, social and psychological well-being. The soaring standard of morals, values & discipline displayed by the STF commanded respect as well as popularity in the region.

The strength and success of the STF is the ability of working as a team. It is a well formed, dedicated and highly disciplined Unit. They have also been recognized for their rapid deployment in difficult & rugged terrain.

The deployment of Motor-Cycle Teams, Sniper and ‘Cheetah Groups’, in our areas of control are a few of the exclusive Specialized areas of the STF. The newly acquired Para - Trooper Wing of the STF will enhance the current proven capabilities of the STF.

STF Troops are capable of fighting in Built-Up Areas, Closed Quarter Battle, Quick Reaction Deployment, handling Riot situations, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, VIP Protective Security and Peace Keeping Operations

Mavilaru/ Sampur & Vaharai Operation:

The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) launched the Humanitarian Operation to liberate the entire Eastern & Northern Provinces from the LTTE, when the terrorists blocked the Mavilaru Water gates in July 2006.

The STF which was mainly dominating the Ampara & Batticaloa Districts at that time received instructions to take over the areas dominated by the SLA and relieve them for the operational commitment at Mavilaru.

The STF successfully took over the security in Kalladi area, BCO town and also secured the Main Supply Route (MSR) from BCO to Mailambaveli in Eravur. In September 2006, the STF was asked to take over the Vavunativu and Bridge Camp SLA bases in BCO to relieve the SLA troops for their further commitments in Vaharai area. In January 2007, the SLA successfully liberated Mavilaru, Sampur and Vaharai areas from the LTTE.

Kanjikudichchiaru Operation - “Niyathai Jaya”

Under the guidance of Secretary - MoD, Operation “Niyathai Jaya / Victory Assured” launched by the STF in the jungles of Kanchikudichchi Aru in Amparai District on 04 January 2007 to destroy LTTE strongholds and wither their influence in this jungle terrain posing threats to national security interests in Akkaraipattu and Pottuvil Sectors.

SSP Mr M.R Latif spearheaded the entire operation with the assistance provided by SP W.P Wimalasena, SP Maduma Bandara, ASP T.F Hadji, ASP Vidura Dissanayake, ASP P.K Kulatunga, ASP P.G.S Rathepitiya, ASP M.G.S.K Muruthetuwegama and ASP W.M.K.S Pandivita. Around 24 LTTE bases were destroyed by the STF troops liberating the entire Ampara District from the LTTE.

Batticaloa & Thoppigala Operation:

The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) with the direct assistance provided by the STF successfully launched a Humanitarian Operation in February 2007, to liberate the LTTE Controlled areas in Batticaloa District. It marked the final phase of a massive Military Campaign launched from Mavil Aru area in July 2006 to liberate the entire Eastern Province from the LTTE.

The combined Military campaign launched by the SLA and the STF continued till the fall of Thoppigala from the hands of LTTE in July 2007

The due instructions were received by the STF in early February 2007, to assist the SLA in launching the proposed military campaign to eliminate the LTTE from Batticaloa and Thoppigala areas.

The initial operational plans were drawn on the basis of the intelligence provided by the Intelligence Units and the Communication Interception Units of the STF. During the following days the LRRP (Long Range Reconnaissance Petrol) Teams belonging to the Army Commandos brought down and stationed at identified STF bases.

They have successfully conducted number of LRRP Missions inside the enemy territory destabilizing the LTTE leadership.

The thousands of civilians who lived within the LTTE dominated areas continued to flee in to Government controlled areas with the progression of the military campaign. Automatically the STF was vested with the additional responsibility of assisting and over looking the newly arrived Internally Displace Persons (IDP).

From 14th May 2007, the STF commenced the re-settlement of IDPs in Vellavelli Divisional Secretariat Division with the assistance provided by the Government. At the end of the programme the STF commendably re-settled nearly 100,000 IDPs in four DS Divisions with success.

Other than to the Mahaoya and Pulukunawa STF Sectors, further SLA troops were received and accommodated at the STF bases in Batticaloa Sector. They were also accompanied by Armoured Corps, Artillery and MBRL Units which were strategically placed in identified STF bases to assist the operation.

Those SLA troops backed by heavy Artillery and MBRL fire advanced in to the enemy territory from places such as Manmunai, Vavunativu, Chankalladi etc.

The STF continued to assist the SLA by accommodating and supporting them in number of ways which made the victory possible. By the end of April 2007, the combined military campaign of the SLA and the STF successfully cleared the entire Batticaloa Bowl area from the LTTE with a minimum damage to the Government forces.

From 5th April 2007, the STF was vested with the additional responsibility of taking over and dominating the newly cleared areas from the SLA. Three new STF Sectors were formed in the regions of Vellavelli, Kokkadicholai and Vavunativu. The STF Vellavelli Sector which consisted of bases such as Kakachchawatta, Batto-Junction, Thalawaya, Vellavelli, Paladiwatte and Porativu.

The Kokkadicholai Sector consisted of bases in Shanthimalai, Attuchena, Mavadimumari, Kokkadicholai and Magaladithivu. The third STF Sector was established in Vavunativu region. It consisted of bases in Urasari, Kanchirankuda, Samanthiaru, Vavunativu, Pavakkudichena, Unnichchiya, Aithamallai, Mahilavedduvan and in Naripulthottam.

The tireless an dedicated efforts made by then Director (Operations) SSP R.W.M.C Ranawana, ASP Waruna Jayasundara, ASP J.R Senadira, ASP Vidura Dissanayake, ASP G.S Rathepitiya, ASP Sylvester Wijesinghe and ASP N.K.S.N. Gunaratne assisted the STF to regain the maximum domination and best publicconfidence in the newly liberated areas.

Finally on 10th July 2007, the SLA regained Thoppigala with the continuous assistance provided by the STF which also marked the conclusion of one of the most successful military campaigns in the history.

Operation Launched in Yala area:

On 03-04-2009, under the direct leadership provided by the Commandant STF DIG K.M.L Sarathchandra, the STF successfully launched an offensive to eliminate the terrorists in Yala area.

The STF troops were spearheaded by DIG R.W.M.C Ranawana, SSP Ranjith Perera, ASP Sylvester Wijesinghe, ASP P.K Kulatunga, ASP M.G.S.K Muruthetuwegama and ASP N.K.S.N. Gunaratne. During the operation, the STF troops killed 13 LTTE cadres and recovered several military hardware. The Kandiah Sarawanandan alias “Paramanandam Master”, an explosives expert including three female cadres were killed.

Northern Liberation:

In January 2009, under the direct supervision of Snr. DIG Mahinda Balasuriya and Commandant (STF) DIG Mr. K.M.L Sarathchandra, the STF took over the responsibility of securing the Welioya road from Omanthai in Vavuniya.

Then the STF was asked to take over the A 9 Road from Omanthai to Kanagarayankulam via Pulyankulama in February 2009, to assist the ongoing Military operation in Northern. The STF contribution made the history, when the first Military convoy made its journey from Jaffna to Vavunia along A 9 road after 25 years on 2nd March 2009.

The STF also made a significance presence along Vavunia- Mannar road and Madhu road. The contribution made in Kebbitigolleawa area, securing the threatened Sinahala villages has to be mentioned.

The SSP K.H Jayaweera, SSP J.K Nanayakkara, SSP Ajith Wickramasekara, ASP Waruna Jayasundara, ASP A.M.L Abeykoon, ASP Rohana Karunarathne and ASP V.A.S Perera, ASP Athula Davulagala made the STF’s final contribution for the Humanitarian Operation in the Northern sector a success.

Courtesy: STF Media

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