The LTTE`s technical wing chief S. Kirupakaran alias Madivalahan was confirmed killed following a confrontation with Sri Lankan security forces on the Mullaitivu battlefront recently, the Defence Ministry reported yesterday citing intercepted LTTE communications.
According to available information, the LTTE has offered the self-styled `Lt.Colonel` status to the slain terrorist on Tuesday (March 31). Madivalahan was said to be the mastermind and chief coordinator of the LTTE`s satellite-cum-radio communication network.
Madivalahan was born in Jaffna and has reportedly spent most of his time at Trincomalee before joining the terrorist organization as a full time activist.
`This is what to be expected in the coming days as more senior Tigers will be exposed to direct military attacks` a defence observer said adding that the loss of Madivalahan also underscores the probable end scenario for the LTTE.
The death of Madivalahan has triggered tension and drawn heavy criticism for the present LTTE leadership, amongst the hellbent LTTE diaspora circles in Toronto and London, the observer further stated, the Defence Ministry said.
Meanwhile Charles Antony, the elder son of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, has been injured in fighting with the Sri Lankan troops in the island`s embattled north.
`Prabhakaran`s son Charles Antony was injured in the clashes with our troops in Puthukkudiyiruppu area last week. But we got the information in this regard only yesterday (Tuesday),` news agencies quoted Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara as saying.
Prabhakaran named his elder son after the first LTTE guerrilla who was killed in the early 80s.
Claims of Antony`s injury come amid reports that Prabhakaran was still in the jungles of Mullaitivu. The reports say that Charles Antony, 24, was commanding the guerrillas along with top leaders of the outfit including Pottu Amman, Banu and Lakshman.
Claiming that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was facing an `imminent defeat`, Sri Lanka last week said troops advancing in various directions have confined the rebels to an area of 21 sq. km. out of which 20 sq. km. has been allocated as the safe zone for civilians.
Media reports last month said that with the territory held by the guerrillas shrinking fast, Prabhakaran had reportedly sent his wife Madivadani and their youngest son, 10-year-old Balachandran, to a safer location outside Sri Lanka.
Prabhakaran, who founded the LTTE in 1976, was known to have deep underground caves and bunkers in the forests of Mullaitivu, from where he oversaw the war against Indian troops in Sri Lanka during the period 1987-90.