Commandant of the Police Special Task Force, DIG Nimal Lewke yesterday categorically denied any involvement by the STF in any form in the Akkaraipattu shooting incident where a senior LTTE female leader and two other female cadres were wounded on Monday night.
DIG Lewke said `the area, Tambiluwil is a predominantly Tamil area and the nearest STF base is located approximately seven kilometres away at Tirukkovil`.
He also said that the Karuna Group, that has risen to challenge the LTTE, was enjoying a great deal of sympathy and support within the Tamil community of the area and had become a force to be reckoned with, a fact that the LTTE was not prepared to accept.
`The LTTE has hurriedly tried to make amends and to conceal their weakness by making baseless allegations, due to the fear of exposing their predicament that the Karuna Group has become a formidable opponent`, DIG Lewke said.
He also said that the LTTE had lost its popular support bases and this was having a deleterious effect on their cadres. It sends a clear message of the weakness of the LTTE and it was no surprise that the LTTE was resorting to the issuing of statements with distorted, baseless and malicious allegations.
DIG Lewke said `The STF has always acted with impartiality, with lot of restraint and has responded strongly to situations to keep the peace process alive`.