Seized camera reveals dark secrets of LTTE
An LTTE video recovered from the possession of a dead
LTTE terrorist by the 58 Division during ground advances made into
general area South of Vellamullivaikkal have proved the LTTE's use of
civilians as forced labour.
The video footage provides substantial evidence on the
heinous crimes perpetrated by LTTE against innocent civilians held at
gun point. Indeed there is a humanitarian catastrophe, one that is
caused by the LTTE alone, in the remaining swathe of land where the LTTE
holds onto an estimated 15,000 -20,000 civilians as a human shield for
its leaders and remaining fighters. This video provides enough evidence
for the international community for seeking genuine information on the
existing ground situation, a defence observer stated.
What is most startling is the observed silence of the
NGOs and other 'independent observers' cum human rights activists on the
unfolding civilian suffering under LTTE, despite such evidence that is
constantly brought to light.
The video shows footage of terrorists in civilian
attire firing at both security forces and fleeing hostages by a pedal
gun fixed to an armour-plated 'Unicorn' type vehicle. In the background,
civilians brought to build earth bunds are forced to camouflage the
vehicle with leaves and branches. The video clearly shows another LTTE
cameraman who is positioned to video any form of military retaliation
towards the terrorists, taking cover among the civilians brought to
forced labour. This is what they do and this is the very sort of footage
extracted by international media to carry spread the LTTE's spin on the
ground reality, the defence observer further stated.
According to the correspondent, the Army has destroyed
two such Unicorn type vehicles, one earlier during confrontations at
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