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 Post subject: Operation Definite Victory (Niyathai Jaya) - STF - 2007
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 12:28 am 
Operation Definite Victory (Niyathai Jaya) - STF - 2007
STF ousts the LTTE from Kanchikudichchi Aru
Mined jungle terrain causes loss of limbs, slowed operation

Kanchikudichchi Aru was considered a vital LTTE stronghold in the Ampara district. Tigers used seventeen bases to train, recruit combatants and store heavy weaponry and equipment. Some of the main bases were identified as Stanley base, Janak base, Ram base, Paramanandan base, Nalani base, Diana base and the Udayan warehouse facility. All seventeen bases have now been brought under control of the STF. The operation was code named “Niyathai Jaya” (victory assured).

It was in this jungle area that the six hundred and forty policemen who surrendered to the LTTE were brutally shot dead in June 1990.

@ ST - Sunday, January 21, 2007
By Asif Fuard


The Tiger bases captured by the Special Task Force (STF) in this week’s operation in the Kanjikudichchi Aru jungles were used as their main base for operating tax collection, training and military operations, according to the STF.

Seventeen bases that had dominated the Kanchikudichchi Aru area in the Ampara district have now been brought under control of the STF. Combing operations in the surrounding areas are in progress to rid the area of rebel activities.

The operation was code named after the STF motto “Niyathai Jaya” (victory assured). The operation was planned over a 3-month period based on STF intelligence gathered on the well fortified Tiger bases of Kanchikudichchi Aru.

According to STF intelligence reports Kanchikudichchi Aru was considered a vital LTTE stronghold in the Ampara district. Rebels used these bases to train, recruit combatants and store heavy weaponry and equipment.

In the aftermath of the 2002 Norwegian-brokered ceasefire agreement, STF camps in the vicinity of the Kanchikudichchi Aru area had come under attack on many occasions.

The STF revealed that the LTTE had imposed taxes on the farming community in the Akkaraipattu and Pottuvil area. The organisation and had also prohibited paddy cultivation in certain areas claiming these fields posed a security threat to their bases.

STF intelligence reports indicated that LTTE cadres from these camps were involved in the forcible recruitment of children from areas such as Thirukkovil, Sagama and Kolavil.

The reports indicated that the tuition class, comprising 23 children and 2 teachers who were abducted and later released were detained at one of these bases in Kanchikudichchi Aru
Sinhalese who predominate the villages of Siyambalanduwa, Lahugala, Hulannuge, Bakmitiyawa, Pannalgama and Manthottama have been under continuous threat from the rebels. On many occasions these hapless people were forced to make payment to the LTTE.


In a bid to neutralize the threat posed by the LTTE in Ampara, as well as to neutralize its influence in the district, on January 4th, the STF commenced operation “Niyathai Jaya”.

A senior STF officer who wished to remain anonymous, told The Sunday Times that the main obstacle they faced was the heavy mining of the jungle terrain.

“Clearing anti-personnel mines planted by the LTTE was one of the biggest tasks”, according to this source. “Many STF personnel sustained injuries while few lost their limbs during the operation. The operation was slowed down due to the heavy mining of the area, he said. “…However despite the obstacles we faced we managed to push forward towards the LTTE controlled areas,” he said.

Intelligence reports had confirmed that LTTE bases were well fortified with bunkers. All approach routes to these bases had been mined. It was tactical operations and intelligence that resulted to the bases falling to the STF.

The Sunday Times learned that due to limited operations conducted by the STF in the area during the months October to December, certain bases in the Kanchikudichchi Aru had been strategically re-located and their capacity up-graded with the introduction of hi-frequency radio links.

The STF has now gained complete control of the Kanchikudichchi Aru area and in the process completely destroyed the LTTE infrastructure including the 17 bases as well as sub-bases.

It has been learned that each of these bases had been assigned particular tasks. Some of the main bases were identified as Stanley base, Janak base, Ram base, Paramanandan base, Nalani base, Diana base and the Udayan warehouse facility.

On day one of the operation the STF personnel sealed off all entry and exit points leading to and from the LTTE bases.

Day two saw troops beginning to move forward after establishing four key Forward Operational Bases (FOB). The FOBs surrounded LTTE territory.

By day three and four the STF had moved towards the Kanchikudichchi Aru tank. While demining was in progress troops stumbled upon an LTTE Mahaveera (great heroes) cemetery which contained 588 tomb stones and 63 graves built in remembrance of fallen combatants.

On January 8, the fifth day into operations, troops captured the Stanley base –the heart of LTTE operations in the area-

The opening shots in this battle were fired by the Sri Lanka Air Force which used Russian built Mi-24 helicopters to destroy particular targets and cause a general panic. The air force attack was followed by an STF team moving in and gaining control of the base.

It is reported that around a hundred rebels who were housed at the base fled towards the dense jungles of Bakmitiyawa in Ampara.

At Stanley base the STF discovered a medical facility which is said to have been built by an INGO named ZOA. Stanley base is said to have four sub-bases including a training camp and an intelligence facility named Ram base.

STF troops recovered food aid items which they believe could have either donated or plundered from among stocks belonging to particular INGOs.

Abandoned camouflage uniforms in the process of being stitched at Janak base revealed that the camp had been abandoned in a mighty hurry.

A massive haul of explosives was found at Padmananda base. The camp had a garage and a store room for explosives such as C-4.

The base was named to honour LTTE explosive’s expert Padmananda Master. It is said that Padmananda Master escaped prior to the STF capture of the area.

The bases bore the marks of being a centre for illegal activities. The STF claims that the camp bore the hall marks of being a centre for cultivation and harvesting of Marijuana, illegal felling of valuable timber and smuggling of valuable archaeological items. All bases are said to have been provided with CDMA phones and/or satellite communication facilities.

On the eleventh day of operation (January 14), 5 LTTE child soldiers who had escaped from the rebel camp at Sangamankanda surrendered to the STF.

The five claimed that another group of approximately40 children were biding their time to escape from LTTE cadres who were holding them captive in the jungles of Bakmitiyawa.


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 Post subject: The A 4 route from Colombo to Batticaloa
 Post Posted: Sun May 27, 2007 5:12 pm 
If this A4 route could talk

The A 4 route from Colombo to Batticaloa stretching a distance of 426 kilometres is the longest A class route in this country. There are forty-two identified archaeological sites in the Ampara district and 21 in the Batticaloa district, most of them being ancient Buddhist temples. Some historical facts regarding our nation known to many but only a few know the truth regarding what happened on October 8, 2002 at Kanchanakudah, a small village on the A4 route between Pottuvil and Batticaloa.

By Lt. Col. A.S. Amarasekara

Historical facts

The A 4 route from Colombo to Batticaloa stretching a distance of 426 kilometres is the longest A class route in this country. Some of the less known archaeological sites such as the Magulmahaviharaya and the Mudumahaviharaya are situated a few kilometres away from this route. There is a school of thought that Viharamahadevi disembarked from her ship not at Kirinda but at Arugambay.

It is a little known fact that Pottuvil has originated from its former Sinhalese name Bodhivilla. It is at the village to the north of Pottuvil that the soldiers of King Kavantissa asked the villagers where the ship with the princess had been sighted.They asked the question "Ko Kumari?" The villagers pointed to the south and said, "Ara gamay". The village in which the question "Ko Kumari" was asked was later named Komari and the "Ara Gamay" where she had landed was later identified as Arugambay.

It was at Arugambay that the Mudumahaviharaya was discovered in 1972. In the ruined shrine room of the ancient temple is a stone statue of a standing Buddha. On either side of this stone Buddha statue are two stone statues of the king and queen in worship. In the beach not far from the ancient temple are several stone pillars where the pier of the ancient harbour may have existed. The Magulmahaviharaya approximately 10 kilometres from this point is believed to be where King Kavantissa married Queen Vihara Mahadevi. A Bodhi tree had been subsequently planted where the Poruwa was constructed. Although the tree is dead, the ruined wall of the Bodhiprakaaraya is still visible.

The numerous man-made reservoirs or tanks now mostly in ruins in the Ampara and Batticaloa districts are a testimony to the highly advanced form of civilization that existed in this area which the archaeologists refer to as the Magama Ancient Sinhala Buddhist hydraulic civilization. The ancient temples now mostly in ruins are little known . There are forty-two identified archaeological sites in the Ampara district and 21 in the Batticaloa district, most of them being ancient Buddhist temples. Some of the ancient Buddhist temples not far from the two previously mentioned that are accessible to a traveller on the A4 route are Tharalengala, Lahugala, Kotavehera, Shasthirivila, Kudumbigala, Atagala, Nilagiriseya, Jayarampola, Ettama, Kirimati Aru, Rangama, Moranwatta, Kiramale, Sangamankanda and Kanchikudichchi Aru.

The Magama Sinhala Buddhist hydraulic civilization may have commenced when Rohana, one of King Vijaya's comrades decided to settle in the deep south.

The Mahavamsa records that King Mutasiva (307-247 B.C) had several sons, Devanampiyatissa, Uttiya, Mahanaga, Mahasiva, Suratissa and Asela. The country at this point of time had three kingdoms, that of Ruhunu, Pihiti and Maya together referred to as the Thun Sinhela.

The capital of Thun Sinhela was Anuradhapura that was situated in the Pihiti Rata, which was better known as the Raja Rata as the reigning sovereign was resident in that part of the country. King Mutasiva was succeeded by Devanampiyatissa, Uttiya, Mahasiva, Suratissa and Asela at Anuradhapura while Mahanaga the third son of King Mutasiva reigned as king of Ruhunu Rata with his capital at Magama. Yatthalayakatissa, Gothabhaya and Kavantissa followed him.

While the Raja Rata hydraulic civilization was experiencing its first two Tamil invasions from India, the hydraulic civilization in the Ruhunu Rata was developing sans any such problems. The first such Tamil invasion in Raja Rata was during the region of King Suratissa (187 to 177 B.C). He was defeated in battle by two Tamil usurpers Sena and Guttika, who subsequently ruled the Raja Rata for twenty -two years (177-155 B.C). Asela, the younger brother of Suratissa defeated Sena and Guttika in battle and regained the throne for ten years (155-145 B.C) but was subsequently defeated by the next Tamil usurper Elara. Elara reigned at Raja Rata for forty-four years (145 to 101 B.C). At this point of time Ruhunu, Pihiti and Maya were three separate Kingdoms, which were ruled by Kavantissa, Elara and Kelanitissa respectively. Viharamahadevi was the daughter of Kelanitissa. It was Dutugamunu the son of King Kavantissa and Viharamahadevi who defeated Elara and reunited the three Kingdoms of Sinhela in 101 B.C.

What happened on October 8, 2002 at Kanchanakudah

These are a few historical facts regarding our nation known to many but only a few know the truth regarding what happened on October 8, 2002 at Kanchanakudah, a small village on the A4 route between Pottuvil and Batticaloa. LTTE terrorists are making every effort to permanently link the northern province with the eastern province to form their proposed separate state of Eelam. With only a twenty nine percent Tamil population in the eastern province, the LTTE has to dominate certain strategic areas in this province if they are to subjugate the seventy one percent Sinhalese and Muslim population. One such area they require to dominate is the thick jungle terrain not far form Kanchikudichchi Aru and Rufuskulum where a well-fortified base is presently under construction after the signing of the MOU. It was in this jungle area that the six hundred and forty policemen who surrendered to the LTTE were brutally shot dead in June 1990. The approach road to this area commences from the A 4 route at Kanchanakudah.

At this road junction in Kanchanakudah is STF camp that had made it difficult if not impossible for the LTTE to build up its strength in the jungle base without fear of STF attack prior to the MOU. This STF camp dominated the main approach road to the Kanchikudichchi Aru, Rufuskulum area and with its presence it is extremely difficult to smuggle weapons to the jungle base in the interior. However, some arms shipments were offloaded on the beach at the Sangamankanda point and smuggled to the jungle base with great difficulty bypassing the STF camp after the MOU was signed. For further logistic movement to improve and develop this jungle base, it became imperative that the STF camp be removed from its strategic location. A suitable incident like what was organized at Point Pedro with much success where a Brigade headquarters of the army was attacked using civilians and schoolchildren, was the modus operandi decided by the LTTE.

The Tamil villagers in and around Kanchanakudah were able to live in peace prior to the MOU. They had a very good relationship with the STF that was providing them wiht the much needed security from the terrorists. The LTTE became active in these villages only after the MOU was signed and commenced not only to demand food for their cardres and to levy taxes but also to forcibly recruit children. The villagers in this area now live in fright, terrorized by the LTTE that operates from their jungle base as a political organization, thanks to the provisions in the MOU.

The LTTE was well aware that the STF occasionally hired tractors from the civilians for their transport requirements. They therefore waited for such an occasion and terrorized the civilians who were hiring these tractors not to oblige. There was an exchange of words in this connection between the STF personnel and the civilians, in the presence of some LTTE members. Soon after this incident one LTTE member made a complaint at the Tirukkovil STF camp saying that STF personnel stationed at Kanchanakudah had assaulted him. He was examined by a doctor at the Tirukkovil hospital who refused to admit him to the hospital, as there were no indications of assault. The mob of LTTE supporters who had arrived with the complainant then set fire to a tyre on the road near the Tirukkovil STF camp in protest and dispersed.

In the meantime, hundreds of civilians instigated and even forcibly rounded up at gunpoint by LTTE members had surrounded the Kanchanakudah STF camp. The LTTE members among them had commenced to abuse the STF personnel in filth. They carried stones to the location, broke through the outer perimeter fence and first began filling the drinking water well that was supplying water to the camp and also damaged the water pump. They next stoned the shrine room at the entrance to the camp and destroyed the Buddha statue in it. They then began to pelt stones at all the buildings within the camp. Finally, they instigated the mob to rush through the main entrance into the inner compound. The STF personnel were compelled to first fire tear gas followed by rubber bullets to prevent the mob from storming the area in which the STF had taken up position to safeguard the armoury. When this too failed the STF personnel commenced firing live rounds selecting the ring leaders.

It was when eight of them fell dead that the mob took to their heels. Four of them fell dead within the inner perimeter fence of which two were identified as LTTE leaders. One of them had been arrested and sent to the Kalutara deterntion camp but thereafter had been released recently due to lack of evidence.

There were four others who fell dead outside the camp while retreating. The injured were admitted to the Tirrukkovil hospital and one succumbed to his injuries while thirteen got themselves forcibly discharged that very night as they were active members of the LTTE and were worried that their identity would be exposed. The villagers in and around Kanchanakudah are today silently protesting against the actions of the LTTE that used them as human shields for the attack on the STF camp.

The media failed to enlighten the masses on the true facts of this incident. They are trying to appease a government which is not unlike the British Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Neville Champberlain that was bending backwards to please the Germans under the leadership of Hitler. Like the MOU that the government has signed with the LTTE in December 2001, the British government signed the Munich Agreement with the Germans in September 1938. On his return to England, Chamberlain said, "This is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour, I believe it is peace in our time."Winston Churchill, however, disagreed with him at the House of Commons and said, "We have sustained a total unmitigated defeat." He had to pause, until the protest against such a remark had subsided. Like Winston Churchill then, the few who still protest are today referred to as warmongers. Be that as it may, it is also saddening to see the majority in this country living in a fool's paradise. They like the masses of Britain in September 1938 believe that peace has come for all time.

They even believe in the possibility of a tiger changing its stripes. Though many were those Sinhalese who visited Jaffna and Trincomalee on pleasure jaunts after this incident on October 8 not one of them made an effort to visit these brave men of the STF, who defended the Kanchankudah camp so valiantly. These Sinhalese who go on such pleasure jaunts, praise the government for ushering in peace that has enabled them to enjoy life. Have they not got their priorities wrong?


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