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LTTE Cabal Opposes “KP” as Leader of Restructured Tigers - “Col” Suresh

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LTTE Cabal Opposes “KP” as Leader of Restructured Tigers
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“Col.” Suresh

According to KP ‘s confidantes he advocated a transformation of the LTTE in form and substance. In view of the changed politico – military environment prevailing in Sri Lanka ,KP emphasised that a Tiger transition was imperative.

KP’s hands were further strengthened by the intervention of two senior Tigers of “colonel” rank. One was Suresh a.k.a Amuthan. The other was Ram.

Suresh is from Mannar district and was at one time the political wing head for the district when Bhanu was Mannar military commander. He fell foul of Thamilselvan later and was sidelined for some years.

Consequently Suresh became a deputy to Bhanu again when the latter was placed in charge of the Kittu Artillery unit. When the LTTE began de-sanskritising names Suresh  adopted the new nom de guerre Amuthan.

He became a full – fledged leader of a fighting formation and was injurd  in  April  this  year.

Amuthan was spirited away by sea to a foreign location to receive advanced medical treatment. After recovering  Suresh/Amuthan  re-located to another country. He began interacting with Tiger elements abroad  and has been playing a useful role in  strengthening KP’s hand.

“Colam”

The other was none other than the Amparai – Batticaloa LTTE military commander “Col Ram. Hailing from the Amparai district Ram  remained loal to Prabhakaran after Karuna’s revolt.

After the bulk of  LTTE  cadres vacated the East in 2007 a force of 150 -200 cadres remained in  the jungles of Amparai and B’caloa districts under “Coland “Lt.Col” Nagulan. These cadres engaged in low – intensity guerilla warfare amidst a hostile, adverse environment. After the Wanni debacle  the future of these eastern cadres became uncertain.  The Diaspora elements boasting of a continuing armed struggle cited “ColRam and his cadres as proof of it. These selfish,irresponsible  “vocal warriors” wanted these poor eastern cadres to fight a lost battle  so that the Diaspora could fantasise .

To KP’s credit he quietly set about ensuring the safety of these beleaguered cadres. Assistance was provided through an “incredible ” channel to disperse the eastern cadres.  While many returned home or to safe places elsewhere a group of senior eastern cadres including Ram and political wing head Dayamohan were shipped out from the eastern coast to a foreign location. A second group got out a few days later.

“ColRam too  began supporting KP in intra – LTTE discussions.Along with Suresh he also argued for admission of Prabha’s death, acceptance of KP as leader and re-structuring of LTTE and revision of strategy.

Ram also distributed a letter in his own handwriting in support of KP where he stated that former political commissar Nadesan had informed him in the latter stages that Prabhakaran wanted KP to take over as his successor.

Sinna Ranjith

Discussions between Nediyavan and KP continued for weeks. Nediyavan’s chief negotiator was “Sinna Ranjith” who had worked as an aide cum secretary for former tiger political adviser and strategist Anton Balasingham.

He was called “Sinna” or small to differentiate him from the Ranjith who headed the  pro – LTTE radio “International Broadcasting Corporation “in London. Sinna Ranjith had earlier worked for the IBC. As Nediyavan’s chief negotiator Ranjith called himself “Maran”.

There was much wrangling and both sides refused to compromise. At one stage the intelligence division personnel had lost patience with  Nediyavan – Sinna Ranjith stonewalling and declared the talks off.

Pledging full support they asked KP to go ahead on his own without  Nediyavan and cohorts but KP was adamant that unity had to be achieved.



 

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