Mar 28, Colombo: A well-known Canadian Sri Lankan journalist has reported the revelation of a plot to assassinate Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa or his brother Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
In an article posted on his website today columnist D.B.S. Jeyaraj says a crackdown on an LTTE cell in Colombo has revealed the plot to assassinate President Rajapaksa or Defense Secretary.
According to the report, the investigations following the shooting incident on March 13 in Tharmapuram area of Kilinochchi where a police officer was shot by a suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadre have led to the discovery.
Citing reliable security sources the writer says the manhunt for "Gobi", the LTTE operative who shot the police officer in Kilinochchi, and the security crackdown on suspected attempts to revive the LTTE have detected a conspiracy to execute a major assassination in Colombo.
Jeyaraj deduces that the target seems to have been either President or his brother since the weak terrorist outfit can carry out only a single attack before the security forces clamp down hard on it.
"Given the current weak state of the LTTE it would require a great deal of resources and organizational capacity to carry out even one attack in Colombo. Therefore chances of executing a single successful attack alone may be possible initially. Thereafter security authorities will be on full alert thereby diminishing possibilities of another attack," Jeyaraj writes in his column.
According to the writer, the security forces in association with anti-terrorism sleuths are currently engaged in a series of widespread operations in different parts of the North. Hundreds of persons mainly youths from both sexes have been rounded up and interrogated but released later, he says.
"Informed security related sources" have expressed confidence that they have been able to neutralize the "revived" LTTE through the ongoing heavy crackdown.
According to Sri Lankan defense authorities K.P. Selvanayagam a.k.a. 'Gobi' is believed to be leading the revival of the LTTE in Sri Lanka.
Gobi has been involved in recruiting unemployed local youth to revive the LTTE and is in the process of recovering arm caches hidden in the North by the terrorist organization during the war.
The police and army teams were deployed to arrest the suspect and recover the hidden arm caches when Gobi, hiding in the residence of the arrested activist Balendran Jeyakumari, shot at the police and escaped.
A search in Jeyakumari's residence had found A Menelab F-3 type mine detector, and therefore, Ms. Jeyakumari was placed under arrest on suspicion of aiding and abetting Gobi in his activities.
According to Jeyaraj, Current Investigations have indicated that Gobi had set up four cells in the North and one in Colombo to execute plans aiming at a LTTE revival.
The bulk of those coopted into the nascent Tiger network are either ex-tigers or family members of former LTTE members. There is also evidence that funds from Diaspora LTTE operatives in three western countries have been channeled to Gobiís "agents" in the North, Jeyaraj says.
Sri Lanka Police have announced a reward of 1 million rupees for anyone who is able to provide accurate information regarding the Gobi and his assistant.
However, the LTTE suspect Gobi still remains at large.