About 30 LTTE cadres, of the Vanni faction, sent on a mission to track down Karuna loyalists had disappeared in the east. Intelligence sources said that at least a few senior cadres were among the missing.
The Vanni headquarters had directed the Ampara-Batticaloa leaders to track down the missing cadres.
Some of them are believed to have fled the east. The Vanni cadres had begun to desert despite repeated warnings from their superiors in the north.
Meanwhile, two bodies of Vanni cadres, killed in a recent confrontation with Karuna loyalists, had been kept at the Welikanda hospital morgue. The military had offered to release the bodies to the Vanni faction but its leaders appeared to have ignored the offer.
Police said that the bodies would be shortly handed over to the ICRC to be moved to Kilinochchi.