UPDATE: More details revealed about LTTE leaders killed in Padaviya Jungle. One of them involved in Kollonawa and Anuradapura attacks : Video
Tiger leader Thevian, who was killed in a security forces operation in the jungles of Padaviya last night, has been identified as a pilot attached to the Radha Force of the LTTE.
Investigations further revealed that Thevian had participated in attacks on the Anuradhapura Air force Camp and the Kolonnawa Oil Refinery in 2007.
Thevian had been in charge of the security of LTTE leader Prabhakaran’s family.
Sundaralingam Kajeepan Alias Thevian and his accomplice Tiger leader Gajeepan Selvanayagam alias Gopi was also killed in the security forces operation last night.
Gopi was one of the suspects who fired at police injuring a sub inspector in Dharmapuram, Kilinochchi before he fled the area on the 13th of last month
Available information revealed that Gopi, having been rehabilitated had gone overseas and returned once again to engage in terrorist acts.
The body of the third suspect has been identified as 36-year old Navarathnam Navaneedan alias Appan who had been attached to the LTTE Intelligence Unit.
Police recently put a prize of one million rupees on the trio’s heads and appealed to the public to provide information regarding them.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development issued a communiqué this afternoon regarding the security forces operations carried out last night.
The communiqué stated that it received information of an attempt by the LTTE to re-activate in Palai area in Jaffna in order to set up a separate state.
Subsequent to the search operations, security forces arrested several suspects, and on the information collected from them, security forces seized firearms, ammunition and explosives that could be used for terrorist activities.
The communiqué also stated that the LTTE is now centered in Europe and regrouping under the command of Nediyavan and Vinayagam.
It is also stated that the three dead tiger leaders were involved in yesterday’s operation under the direct command of Nediyavan and Vinayagam.
Information further revealed that Nediyavan and Vinayagam sent money through an illegal system of Havala to buy safe houses, vehicles and other equipment to be used to unleash terrorist activities in Sri Lanka.
However, on a tip-off by civilians in the area, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Padaviya jungles last night.
While attempting to flee the area the tiger suspects had fired at security forces that retaliated.
Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo today, Army Media Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that the three suspects were killed during the exchange of fire between the suspects and security forces.
UPDATE: Friday, 11 April 2014 - 07:05 PM -----------------------------------------------------------
3 LTTE leaders including Gopi and Thevan who attempted regrouping killed in security forces operation in Nedunkerni jungles.
Three bodies suspected to be of former Tiger leaders Gopi, Thevian and Appan who were engaged in regrouping have been found in Nedunkerni jungles.
Army Media Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that the bodies were found this morning after a security forces operation in the area.
The police had gone to Dharmapuram in Kilinochchi recently to arrest Ponniah Selvanayagam alias Gopi and his accomplices.
At that time, 31-year old Gopi wanted by the Terrorism Investigation Division had fired gun shots at police team and fled the area along with his accomplice 36-year old Navarathnam Navaneedan alias Appan.
Later on a tip-off by civilians in the area, the security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Nedunkerni jungles till this morning.
Early this morning, Gopi and his accomplices had tried to flee the area but a security forces operation was followed and later three bodies were found in the jungle.
Two bodies were identified as of Gopi and Thevian and the third one believed to be of another LTTE leader Appan.
Army Media Spokesman Ruvan Wanigasuriya said that the body can be confirmed of Appan only after the post mortem.