The search for Prabhakaran continues

January 18th, 2009 - 7:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Colombo, Jan 18 (ANI): As Sri Lankan troops advance towards the last Tiger bastion of Mullaittivu, Army Chief General Sarath Fonseka said he was not sure about LTTE Supremo Venupillai Prabhakarans presence in the country.

However,chose not to believe that he has fled to India as he would not have been permitted to enter the Indian territory.

Prabhakaran is accused of the 1991 Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi murder and is also listed as a terrorist by the European union and United States.

The Lankan Air Force destroyed a vessel carrying arms and ammunitions for LTTE when it was about to offload the equipment in the rebel coast area. Fonseka pointed out that the rebels are still trying to smuggle things in and out of the island.

The Sri lankan Navy is on a high alert to catch Venupillai. An official said, “The Naval blockade has been imposed in Northern Mullaittivu”.

The army also claimed that several bunkers and a large quantity of weapons belonging to Tiger rebels have been recovered in Dharmapuram in Mullaithivu.

However, the 54 year old terrorist seems to be living in quite a luxury as a newspaper report says that Prabhakaran lives in a sprawling air-conditioned bunker complex, located over 30 feet below the ground, and comes up to the surface only in the night to avoid detection.

The Army Chief had earlier claimed that Venupillai was hiding in the key Tiger bastion of Mullaittivu, a coastal town.

The specialized Task force 2 was established last year to help the four divisions in attacking Mallaitivu, the headquarters of Sea Tigers.

Top commanders believe that if Prabhakaran is in Sri lanka he should be in the 30 km area of north Srilanka, hiding in a bunker.

Meanwhile, Navy spokesman Commander DKP Dassanayake informed that has laid a security net including equipments like fast attack craft, speed boats, radars etc to keep a watch throughout 24 hours around the coast of Mallaitivu. (ANI)

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