'Missing person' turned LTTE suicide bomber (A True Story)
"The most treacherous part of the terror tactics
is the use of various bogus rights groups to bring pressure on the
government to relax counter terror measures. The aim of such groups is
to protect the under cover terror agents until they go for the next
The LTTE suicide cadre Velayudan Sudharshan alias Sudan. NIC.
Photo of Velayudan posing as a Muslim. Launched the
suicide attack in this guise. NIC. No: 820244796V
Terrorism is indeed the greatest peril to the modern
human civilization. In a way, it is quite unthinkable how terrorism like
a festering wound spreads deeper and deeper in the human society despite
the all claims of technological advances, knowledge creation,
globalisation and etc that are being made world over. It seems like the
wound of terrorism cum extremism suppurate faster and faster, as those
so called human rights- activists, champions, worriers, experts,
advocates, etc issue more and more warnings, express concerns, and make
all other ranting campaigns against nations fighting against terrorism.
Sri Lanka is the best place where one can gain knowledge on how the
terrorism operates beyond overt aggression; how more subtler forms
operations carried out under the veil of most sacrosanct ideals of
Defence intelligence officials of Sri Lanka have
recently unravel full details of an LTTE suicide cadre who had took his
life along with lives of 19 people and wounded over 100 others in a bomb
blast. According to the officials, this was the first time in the
history of Sri Lanka's war on terror, the officials could trace the full
details of an LTTE suicide bomber. Interestingly, the investigations
conducted by the intelligence sleuths came in line with the
investigations carried out by a separate department that probes into the
alleged "abductions" and "disappearances" of persons. Now, the two
investigations have almost come into a common end throwing new light to
the recent spate of alleged "abductions", "disappearances", and "white
van incidents", that are being used by Anti Sir Lankan forces to tarnish
the country's good image.
Defence.lk team has got the opportunity to file story
on the recent development of the case -" Lotus Road Bomb Blast" which is
being investigated by a special team of defence officials. The following
has been complied balancing requirement in educating the public and
maintaining the operational security of the ongoing intelligence
On 16 May, 2008, just 2 days before the Buddhists'
most venerated Vesak Poya day, an LTTE suicide bomber carried out a
bloodbath in front of the Buddhist temple down the Lotus road, in the
heart of the Colombo city. The suicide bomber rammed a motorcycle at a
bus carrying police personnel of the riot squad in broad daylight
killing 8 policemen, 9 policewomen and wounding over 100 civilians. The
riot squad happened to be at the location as the opposition had
organized a violent rally against the holding of provincial council
election in the Eastern Province.
Forge driving license obtained as a Muslim, Ibrahim Lebbe Mubarak.
the bomber was identified as Ibrahim Lebbe Mubarak , a Muslim national
and a resident of Kinniya , Trincomalee. Police found a national
identity card bearing number 820244796v and a driving licence numbered A
007571438 under the said name, which is typically a Muslim one. Since,
no Muslim national was involved in suicide terrorism in Sri Lanka so
far, police correctly realized possibility that the above documents
might be false. Public assistance was sought to identify the terrorists
with his photo published in the media. Meanwhile, a police commenced
investigations on the number plate of the bomber's motorbike bearing
number MZ 3875 and on the authenticity of the ID and the Driving license
found among the remains of the terrorist.
Without much effort police found that the ID, the
diving licence as well as the name were false. The owner of the
motorbike was identified as Jeyrathan a resident of Pathnambar,
Trincomalee. A bloody drama was beginning to unfold.
As the intelligence cycle went on, it was revealed
that a lodge owner at Wellawatte( "Sooriyan Rest", No: 18 Station
Road- Wellawatte), Colombo had given accommodation to the
terrorist. Like many other terrorists who had carried out genocides
against Sri Lankan citizens previously, this one too had enjoyed a stay
about a month at the said lodge planning for his kill. Also, it was
found the lodge owner had registered the terrorist with the different
Identity card number but with the same photo. However, the lodge owner
had purposely with held the information he had about the terrorist until
the police finally put him behind bars.
The original NIC of Velayudan Sudharshan.
Later, police uncovered the true name of the terrorist
as Velayudan Sudharshan alias Sudan, a resident at No 749, Pokuruni,
Thambalagamuwa, Trincomalee. Police took two females who were residing
at the said address at time of this disclosure. The suspects were
subsequently identified as Velayudan Rasalechchami and Velayudan
Nirojanee, the mother and the sister of Sudan respectively.
The most unfortunate part of the story began to unfold
when it was found that the LTTE had been using the mother of the same
person that it had turned into a suicide bomber to gain propaganda
Police of Thambalgamuwa was conducting investigation
of a disappearance of a Tamil youth having the same name of Sudan who
had gone on missing since 21 April 2008. It was very same Mr.
Rasalechchami who had lodged the complaint at the police on 22 April
that her son who had gone Colombo to prepare a passport had not returned
. The alleged "disappearance" was already used for the propaganda work
of the bogus civil monitoring committees and media stations sympathising
with the LTTE terrorists as to show that Sri Lankan security forces are
engaged in human rights violations.
Forge ID of Velayudan, posing as Ibrahim Lebbe.
When the police showed the photo of the suicide cadre
, both Rasalechchamee and Nriojanee identified him as their lost
relative. What shocked the police was that the mother's behaviour.
Unknowingly, that intelligence sleuths had gathered all the details of
her son who had reduced to a suicide loser by the LTTE , she had chosen
to lie about her sons life in the LTTE for a reason best known to her.
According to Rasalechchami, Sudan had gone to India in
May 2007 as the war broke out in the East. Then he had retuned to the
Island on 19 April 2008. However, the mother said that Sudan after
returning the country had first gone Jeythan's place and returned home
only on 20 April with Jeyathan's motorbike. Also, she revealed that
Sudan had a long-standing relationship with Jeyathan. On 21 April 2008,
Sudan had left home with the motorbike and on the very next day
Rasalechchami had lodged a complaint at police station Thambalagamuwa
that her son had been disappeared.
However, according to the defence intelligence
findings, Sudan was a child soldier who had been conscripted to the
outfit at the age of 16 in the year 2001. He was born in 1985 at the
government hospital Kinniya, Trincomalee and studied up to grade 10 at
the Koviladi Tamil School. He had lost his father during early childhood
and it is apparent that LTTE had given financial assistance to his
mother and sister following his agreement to commit suicide for the
outfit. Like thousands of other Tamil youth born in the Eastern
Province, before it being liberated by the security forces, Sudan seemed
to have given up his life for the Wanni terror chief for the promise of
better economic conditions for his two family members.
After joining the LTTE he had been brainwashed to a
suicide bomber at Thirivaiaru suicide bomber training centre in
Kilinochchi under an LTTE leader called Sooriyan Master. Later, Sudan
had been participated in terror activities in Sampur, Gomarankadawala,
Kumburupiddi and Peraru areas until 2007.
According to the intelligence reports Sudan had been
previously arrested at a roadblock in the Gomarankadawala area whilst
riding on the same motorbike, he later used for the attack with another
person. This was during April 2007 when the terrorists were massacring
innocent villagers in the Gomarankadawala area. Later, the police had
released him, as they could not find substantial evidence against him.
Later, in mid 2007, Sudan had been called back to
Wanni to undergo further training as a suicide bomber. There he had
undergone a special training on carrying out suicide attacks using
motorbikes at a suicide bomber training facility at Puthukuduyiruppu .
According to the reports the suicide bomber who had assassinated
Lieutenant General Parmi Kulatunga in 2007 had also undergone training
with Sudan. Following his training, Sudan had stayed in Wanni until his
return to Trincomalee in April 2008.
After having stayed in Colombo as an "innocent
temporary lodger" for about one month, Sudan carried out the carnage he
had been trained for on 16 May 2008. During his stay in Colombo, he had
acted as a Muslim national and also prepared all the necessary documents
required for his cover. Further, bogus rights groups and media
institutions run with terror blood cash used Sudan's "disappearance" to
mount international pressure on the government to further relax counter
terror measures adapted by the law enforcement authorities.
The lesson in this story for all peace-loving citizens
in this country is nothing other than to realize the realty over
fantasy. Unlike a soldier in a uniform, a terrorist has all the liberty
to act as an innocent civilian and to plan secretly for the next
civilian massacre while enjoying all the protection from the law itself.
Thus, the greatest challenge in countering terrorism is to identify the
terrorists. They have all the ability to camouflage themselves in the
civil society and to get cover from the same civil liberties and laws to
avoid them being cracked down.
The most treacherous part of the terror tactics is the
use of various bogus rights groups to bring pressure on the government
to relax counter terror measures. The aim of such groups is to protect
the under cover terror agents until they go for the next massacre. The
key players of such bogus groups are usually not the members of
terrorist outfit but those lured by money to do the dirty work for the
terrorists. Therefore, the reality that all must understand is that the
terrorism goes far beyond the open aggression. The survival of terrorism
lies mainly on the umbrella organizations that protect terrorists than
the real military might of the terror outfits. We hope Sudan's story
would be a good eye opener for all who want to see Sri Lanka a peaceful
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