Capturing Kilinochchi a daydream for Lanka: LTTE chief
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 03, 2009, 00:00
  
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi, Jan 03: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran on Saturday reportedly denied the fall of Kilinochchi to the Sri Lankan Army.

Prabhakaran reportedly said in his e-mail interview with a Chennai-based Tamil magazine, Nakeeran that the “Sri Lankan forces have entered parts of our homeland and are stationed in close proximity to Kilinochchi town. But, capturing Kilinochchi is just a daydream of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.”

The LTTE chief further issued a warning that his fighters would launch a counter-attack. However, intelligence suggests his guerrillas are moving back to the Vanni jungles of Mullaitivu.

According to a newspaper report, Prabhakaran lives in a sprawling air-conditioned bunker complex, located 30 feet below the ground, and comes up to the surface only in the night to avoid detection.

The LTTE chief's bunker, divided into two sectors, has a tunnel which connects to a similar bunker complex, and the rebel leader's room is tucked away in the lower-most floor having two exits, a sketch carried by the paper along with the report showed.

A typical day for Prabhakaran, who suffers from hypertension, begins at 5.00 am when he is served a cup of tea without sugar or milk and is briefed about the battlefront at 6.30 am, the paper had said quoting sources.

"From a powerful radio set, Prabhakaran gives instruction to his field commanders though he himself would not talk directly, and asks his confidant to do the talking. If he thinks that communications are not secure, he would insist on communicating through satellite phones at night," it said.

Not in the best of health, Prabhakaran is attended to by three doctors. "His blood pressure is checked twice during the day," the report said.

For lunch, his aide prepares food without salt which he "doesn't like at all", but is compelled to eat due to his health. "He has become a vegetarian because of his illness," the report said, adding "he has light dinners – mostly 'kurakkan' (cereal grass whose seed yields somewhat bitter flour) and some gravy."

The LTTE had subsequently denied that Prabhakaran was sick and claimed that he was healthy and having a normal diet.


First Published: Saturday, January 03, 2009, 00:00


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