The LTTE yesterday claimed that `Colonel` Shankar alias Vythialingam Sornalingam, an ex-aeronautical engineer with Air Canada with an engineering degree in aeronautics from Hindustan Engineering College in Tamil Nadu formed the Air Tigers.
Liberation Tigers credit the formation of the Tiger air-wing (Vaanpuligal) to Colonel Shankar alias Vythialingam Sornalingam, an old boy of Hartley College, Point Pedro. He was an aeronautical engineer with Air Canada, with an Engineering Degree in Aeronautics from Hindustan Engineering College in Tamil Nadu.
Shankar was the chief of the `Air Tigers` and was responsible for developing the air wing from its infancy until his assassination in December 2001. Shanker was killed by military operatives operating behind the enemy lines.