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 Post Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 12:24 am 
President to re-call several retired army officers to service

Major General P. Chandrawansha and Brigadier Rizvi Zacky are requested to re-join the force

@ DM / 21JUL2006

In an unprecedented move, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is soon to re-call several recently retired Army officers who had, due to frustration, left the service prematurely, with a view to strengthening the force to meet any emergency situation.

Nearly ten top senior army officials fall into the “recently retired or soon to be retired” category.

As the first step in this move, on the instructions of President Rajapaksa, his secretary Lalith Weeratunga last week met retired Major General P. Chandrawansha at the Presidential Secretariat.

Major General Chandrawansha retired from service early last month, long before his retirement date, stating personnel reasons.

It is learnt that Mr. Weerathunga had conveyed the President’s request for the Major General to the re-join the force.

In reply Major General Chandrawansha has told the President’s Secretary, that he cannot return to active service, if the status quo remains.

Mr. Weerathunga has assured Maj. Gen. Chandrawansha that the President would take care of everything in the future and there would be nothing to worry about.

However,the meeting which had lasted for one hour had ended without an assurance from the Maj General to return.

When Army Commander Sarath Fonseka took over last November, Maj. Gen. Chandrawansha was the Officer Colombo Command (OCC).

Lt. Gen Fonseka on assuming duties transferred Maj. Gen. Chandrawansha to the North with a logistic appointment as Commandant Forward Maintain Area Jaffna- , which was not at all on par with his position as OCC.

With the new appointment Maj. Gen. Chandrawansha applied for retirement leave a few months ago and retired last month. Commander Fonseka had accepted the resignation letter.

Among the other officers that the President is planning to recall, is Brigadier Rizvi Zacky, the former Director Military Intelligence who was transferred as Brigadier, General Staff in Jaffna by the Army Commander.

After few weeks in the new post Brigadier Zacky tendered his resignation last January and left the service.

The appointment of the highly respected Intelligence officer – Brigadier Zacky to Jaffna, many believe ,was largely responsible for the destabilizing of the intelligence unit.

The attempt on the life of the Army Commander and the assassination of Major General Parami Kulatunga all took place after his retirement.

Soon after the retirement of Brigadier Zacky, Brigadier Rohan Jayasinghe, who was the Area Commander for Galle also left the force due to frustrations created by the changes that took place within the Army.

It is also learnt that Major General Nimal Jayasuriya, Welioya Area Commander and Major General Udeni Munasinghe, Area Commander Mannar, who have already decided to retire, have also reportedly been asked to hold on to their positions.

Major General Jayasuriya was the General Officer, Command 52 Division in Varani. He was later transferred to Welioya as the Area Commander - a lower position when compared to his earlier office.

Major General Udeni Munasinghe, who was the Military Secretary, was later moved to Mannar as Area Commander.

With the sudden rise in the number of resignations in the Army, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was forced to take serious note of the matter.

Poor strategies saw the army losing twelve military personnel including two officers in Vakarai in Batticaloa. It is now revealed that a large number of soldiers had participated in a road clearing operation, and when the LTTE attacked them, without a proper plan another team of soldiers had been sent to the area to rescue the attacked soldiers.

What numbers say...

Latest statistics show that more than 950 people including 500 civilians, were killed due to violence related to the North and East conflict, since December 1st last year.

According to the statistics more than 500 civilians were killed during this period due to LTTE instigated violence. 282 security personnel and police were among those killed while 476 personnel from the tri-services and police were wounded in attacks carried out by the Tigers.

The majority of the deaths were caused by Claymore mines that especially targeted the security forces and the police.

The biggest LTTE attack on civilians was the one in Kebithigollewa, where a Claymore mine exploded on a passenger bus, killing at least 64 civilians and injuring nearly 100 others.


Suicide bomber’s target not known

The police are yet to find the real target of the female suicide bomber arrested from Tissamaharama as she maintains that she had not been told who should be her target.

A senior police official said that it had been the LTTE strategy in many cases not to divulge the name of the target to the suicide attacker until the last moment.

“In some missions the suicide cadre does not know anything about the target until the last moment and is then instructed to carry out the task according to ithe nformation provided by some other party”, the official said.

He said that judging by the information they have collected, it iwas clear that the bomber had been sent to take on a high-profile target.

“It is further not clear about the exact location of her target”, he said. However he added that there are many VIP movements t in the area.

Following the interrogation, three more of her accomplices had been arrested from the area by the police . The police arrested the woman during a cordon and search operation in Tissamaharama on Sunday. She was living in an isolated home in Mahasenpura and had come from Pooneryn in Jaffna.

At the time of the arrest police found two cyanide capsules in her possession. Two fake National Identity Cards and a stitched jacket, similar to the ones used by suicide bombers, were also found.

Under the direction of the Police Chief Chandra Fernando, the Criminal Investigations Department had taken over the investigations on the suspected suicide bomber and her accomplices.

She was brought from Tissamaharama to Colombo on Wednesday evening under tight security .

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