Sri Lankan military intelligence in Jaffna on Wednesday staged a ‘protest’ against Ms Ananthi Sasitharan, the representative of thousands of Eezham Tamil women, who are demanding the Sri Lankan State to reveal the whereabouts of their husbands who were filtered away from the civilians in the final hours of the Vanni war by the SL military that had announced ‘general amnesty’ through the loudspeakers. Sinhala workers, intelligence operatives and some ex-LTTE members brought from elsewhere, were holding placards written in broken Tamil against Ananthi Sasitharan in front of the Jaffna Bus Stand. In the meantime, informed sources in Colombo said that the SL State was seeking to ‘influence’ certain foreign missions in Colombo to avoid UN Human Commissioner for Human Rights Navanetham Pillay meeting Ananthi, who is also contesting in the Provincial Council election on behalf of the TNA.
Informed sources further said that the Embassy of Switzerland, actively involved in shaping the programme of the visiting UN Human Rights Commissioner is under pressure not to schedule a meeting between Ms Ananthi and Ms Navi Pillay.
They also don’t want Navi Pillai to meet war-widows in Jaffna.
Instead, those who schedule the programme want the war-widows to come to Colombo to meet Navi Pillay, the sources further said.
Many war-widows would find it extremely difficult to travel beyond Oamanthai to present their case to the visiting UN Commissioner for Human Rights.
The SL military intelligence has a track record in sabotaging crucial eyewitnesses reaching Colombo by buses.
At Mu’l’livaaykkaal, the SL military is busily engaged in removing the remaining evidence material such as the abandoned vehicles of civilians before the arrival of Ms Navi Pillay.
More than 10 dump trucks and cranes are being used both day and night to complete the mission. The people who witnessed the ‘project’ by the SL military said that the destroyed vehicles were being relocated to a remote jungle site far away from Mu’l’livaaykkaal.
On Tuesday’s protest, the SL military deployed a section of former LTTE members, who were brought to Jaffna and kept at a military base in Ariyaalai.
The ‘participants’ were not aware of the motive of the SL military intelligence till the last moment when they were forced to participate in a protest against Ananthi.
The families of some of the former LTTE members were also instructed to appear at the SL military camps and were brought to the protest.
The SL military blocked Tamil journalists from taking close-up photos of the ‘protesters’ as it feared that the identity of the ‘participants’ would be exposed.
The SL military intelligence has brought in another war-widow, Ms Sarala Jeyaratnam, the wife of a Tamil SL ‘Police Intelligence Specialist’ operative at the notorious TID in Colombo, Inspector T. Jeyaratnam, who was abducted in 2005 at the height of the shadow war allegedly by the LTTE intelligence wing.
Ms Sarala was earlier under pressure from the SL military intelligence and was living for a long time under the protection of the Christian mission in Jaffna. After using some former LTTE cadres to ‘convince’ her, the SL military intelligence has brought her into the scene to act against the voices of thousands of war widows in the Tamil homeland.
A sophisticated shadow war was initiated under the former SL president Chandrika Kumaratunga by the SL military intelligence chief Kapila Hendewitarana, who later masterminded several crimes in the war against Tamils with the abetment of Indian and Western intelligence outfits.
Sarala’s husband was reported missing in Colombo on 20 April 2005, a few days after a leading LTTE intelligence chief, Newton, was allegedly abducted by the SL military intelligence in Colombo.
A series of killings by both the SL military intelligence and the LTTE intelligence followed and the West backed the Sri Lankan State by its biased ‘punitive’ measures only against the LTTE, enabling the SL State to wage a genocidal onslaught on Eezham Tamils.
The intelligence outfit shaped by Major General (retd) Kapila Hendewitarana is still a key player in shaping Colombo’s shadow war against the Tamil diaspora in addition to sophisticating the SL military to take forward the structural genocide on the ground.
Deploying some ex-LTTE members, who have been converted as SL military agents, and making use of Western trained Muslim operatives, the SL intelligence system is seeking to manage the structural genocidal project while offering ‘Lascarine’ intelligence services to the external Establishments.
This intelligence outfit also functions as the coordinating agency of extremist Buddhist forces such as the JHU, the SL ‘defence’ system and the SL department of archaeology, informed sources in Colombo said.
The extremist ‘Bodu Bala Sena’ is an example of the Intelligence’s latest ‘creativity’ in its attempt to make the JHU, the ‘mainstream’ Sinhala Buddhist extremist force, to appear as a ‘moderate’ in the eyes of some Sinhalese, Muslims and the gagged Tamils, the sources in Colombo further said.