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Former TNA MP recalls LTTE brutal massacres

Apr 20, 2011 10:58:07 AM - itnnews.lk

The LTTE had brutally murdered hundreds of innocent civilians during the final stage of the humanitarian operation. This has been revealed by former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Sathasivam Kanagaratnam to the Asian Tribune.

Mr. Kanagaratnam said that he was in Mullivaikkal during the last days of the war. Revealing to the Asian Tribune about this period, Mr. Kanagaratnam said there were LTTE sentries around civilian residential places so that no one could flee. They began moving out of Mullivaikal on the evening of 17th May 2009. They hid in secret locations in the forest area and on the following succeeded in reaching the Government relief camps in Mullaitivu. During this period artilleries were fired at every place.

In response to a query raised by Asian Tribune as to who were launching artillery attacks, the former TNA Parliamentarian said it was not possible for the Government troops to unleash such attacks on the no-fire zone declared by the Government itself. He pointed out that it was the LTTE which needed to prevent the civilians from traversing via the no fire zone. He was able to witness how the LTTE had located many artilleries round this zone. He recalled how many civilians died as a result of these attacks. Reminiscing the brutal murders that took place in LTTE controlled areas, he said he had a list of those murdered by the terrorists.

The Education Officer of the Mullaitivu District and his children were shot and killed. A total of five members in that family are no more. He said it only his wife who survived. Many others were mercilessly shot and killed by the LTTE. Bodies of many killed by the LTTE were strewn throughout Mullivaikkal. Responding to a query raised by Asian Tribune as to whether he had seen Sri Lankan Army personnel shooting and killing them, he said he had never heard of such instances. But he recalled how he had seen Army personnel gathering all those injured, including the terrorists, and provided treatment. He noted that United Nations and Western Countries are not privy to any firsthand information about horrors, killings, destructions and the human tragedies that occurred during the final days of the battle. Mr. Kanagaratnam emphasized that anyone formulating a report by securing information from a third or fourth party on the need of any other person was futile.