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 Post Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:25 pm 
Killing of a LTTE Spy Chief - " Colonel" Charles


Charles was a protégée of Pottu Amman, the dreaded Intelligence Chief of the Tigers. He was an able deputy of Pottu Amman and in later life became near equal to his mentor. It is said that the efficient Charles was capable of replacing Pottu Amman if something ever happened to the chief Tiger spy.

@ Agencies /LBN / ST - 13Jan2008

On Saturday (January 5), a team from the Army's Long Range Reconnaisance Patrol (LRRP) caught up with this faceless LTTE leader. Moving stealthily behind the tiger lines at Pallamadu in Mannar, they blew him up dead. The white Hi-Ace van in which he was travelling along the Mannar-Pooneryn Road got caught in a claymore mine explosion at a spot between Iluppaikkadavai and Pallamadu. The time was around 3:10 to 3:15 p.m.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) received a tremendous blow when Shanmuganathan Ravishankar alias “Col.” Arulventhan a.k.a. Charles was killed with three other Tigers in Mannar on January 5.

Even the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) admitted that it was a great loss to them. Shanmuganathan Ravi Shankar alias Ravichandran alias Ravi alias "Colonel" Charles was head of "Liberation Tigers Military Intelligence" (LTMI). He caught up with his death whilst assisting Sea Tiger leader Soosai (Thillaiampalam Sivanesan). Intelligence sources said his task in the recent weeks was to fortify the Sea Tiger base at Viduthaltivu. The LTTE fears the Army's ongoing offensives in the area include plans to capture this base.

The attack on "Col." Charles is indeed a very significant one for the Army, the security and defence establishment. How important he was can be gauged by remarks made by Soosai at the funeral last Sunday. “He was a man about whom our people knew very little, but our opponents, however, knew all about him” - Soosai said.

The 35-year-old Ravishankar joined the LTTE in his early teens in December 1985. His original nom de guerre was Charles. Years later, when the LTTE underwent a ‘Pure Tamil’ transformation of names, the English name Charles was turned into Arulventhan.

It was, however, as Charles that he was known for years to most people. Arulventhan or Charles held Lt. Col. rank when killed. He was promoted posthumously as “Colonel.”

At the time of his death, Ravishankar, alias Charles, held three leadership positions in the LTTE. He was Head of the Military Intelligence Division, he was in charge of all external operations and he was commander of a special combat unit engaged in the Mannar District.

Three of the Military Intelligence Chief’s lieutenants were also killed in the ambush. They were Sukanthan (Sivapalan Sreetharan) from Jeyapuram, Veeramaravan (Pararajasingham Suthan) from Mallaavi and Kalai (Sinnaththamby Kangatharan) from Vaddakkachchi. Sukanthan was the chief bodyguard and close associate of Arulventhan/Charles.

For many years he worked in the LTTE’s Intelligence Division under the direct command of Pottu Amman. He was placed in charge of external operations, a euphemism for attacks outside the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

In order to conduct such ‘operations’ in hostile, enemy terrain, an elaborate network of supportive structures had to be set up. Reportedly, Charles was the pioneer who laid such groundwork.

Charles played a significant role in planning, coordinating and executing a series of assassinations in Colombo, ranging from former Navy Chief Clancy Fernando, Lalith Athulathmudali, Ranasinghe Premadasa, Gamini Dissanayake, Weerasinghe Mallimaratchy, G.M. Premachandra, Damini Wijesekera, Ossie Abeygunasekera, etc.

He also had a hand in plotting operations like the attacks on the Kolonnawa oil facility and the Central Bank.

In 2004 he was appointed Head of Military Intelligence. This involved the close monitoring of all security installations and the movement of security personnel.

Much information has to be obtained about a key ‘target’ before the actual operation in order to plan, coordinate and execute the attack. This requires intensive reconnaissance known as ‘rekki’ in Tiger circles. Details have to be procured from informants within military ranks as well.

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