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LTTE paramilitary attack Karuna's cadres working in Qatar

@ AT / Date : 2006-02-08

Colombo, 08 February, (Asiantribune.com): 26-year-old Manoharan, alias Kuruvi, (Bird) one of the numerous members of Col. Karuna's group working in Qatar, is in a critical condition in the Intensive Unit of Ahamed Hospital, (General Hospital) in Doha Qatar after he was hit on the head with a steel crowbar when he was fast asleep.

After Col. Karuna dismantled his defense force Kuruvi was one of the cadres that joined the labour force in Qatar.

He is employed as a cleaner in the International Cleaning Company (ICC) in Qatar and was living in one of the two camps of the company located at Sanya 49, Doha, Qatar.

It is estimated that over a thousand of Col. Karuna's cadres re-located themselves in Qatar after he dismantled his force. An intelligence squad from the LTTE paramilitary group was dispatched to Qatar to win back Col Karuna's cadres to return to ranks of the LTTE. Keerthi, the intelligence chief of the LTTE paramilitary group in Batticaloa, is in command of this operation.

The intelligence squad from the LTTE paramilitary group, headed by Mathan of Palugamam, met with the members of the Karuna group in the two ICC camps.

Their mission was to persuade the members of the Karuna group to abandon Col. Karuna and return to Batticaloa to fight the final battle with the Sri Lanka Government with the LTTE para military group.

The Karuna group in Qatar rejected the offers made by Mathan. They refused to have any dealings with the LTTE paramilitary group.

Having failed in his mission, Mathan returned to Sri Lanka to report the stiff resistance he faced from Col. Karuna's group to Keerthi. It was after this that Sukasan, another intelligence agent also from Palugamam, who is currently working in Qatar, launched his anti-Karuna campaign aggressively in the ICC camps. He is the official representative of LTTE paramilitary group working in the ICC camps.

On the 3rd February, a group of intelligence cadres led by Sukasan entered the ICC camps and vandalized the photographs of Colonel Karuna which was displayed very prominently in both camps.

Subsequently on 06 February when Kuruvi was in his camp room, fast asleep, agents of the LTTE paramilitary group, specially sent from Batticaloa entered Kuruvi’s room stealthily, and dealt a serious blow with a steel crowbar on his head . The assailants slipped away.

Kuruvi was admitted to the general hospital in Doha Qatar and his condition is still critical.

Latest reports from Qatar states that the local police has arrested Sukasan for the alleged attempt on the life of Kuruvi and the investigations are continuing.

According to reports from Batticaloa released by Thooyavan, spokesperson of the TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal Kuruvi is a handicapped person from Sittandy, Batticaloa. He is a member of TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal. He left for Qatar in the latter part of May 2004, after the military wing was dismantled by its leader V.Muralitharan alias Colonel Karuna.

Kuruvi was injured in in the Jayasikurubattle against the Sri Lankan Government forces. He was in the "Jayanthan brigade“ led by Colonel Karuna. He was hit by shrapnel and sustained severe injuries to his right elbow and stomach. A part of the intestines was surgically removed to save his life. Though handicapped Kuruvi had succeeded in getting a job with the ICC.

Amnesty International in its latest report states that the LTTE paramilitary harass and extort money from returnees to the Middle East. Most of them work as labourers. But the intelligence wing of the LTTE paramilitary threaten them and extract money virtually at gun point.

This is the first attack abroad carried by the LTTE paramilitary on the dissident Tamils from the east. Thooiyavan in his report said that ThamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Puligal is monitoring the new developments.

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