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Terrorism-related Incidents in Colombo 2010






January 28

The TID arrested a top LTTE cadre, identified as Shantha Kumar Rajan, in Colombo. He was reportedly a close associate of slain LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran and LTTE deputy leader Veerakathy Manivannam aka Castro and was at large for a couple of years. He was also involved in procurements for the LTTE for the last 10 years and was a trained LTTE cadre, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) TID N. Wakishta said. Rajan was active in procurement for the LTTE traveling under a forged passport. He was wanted by the TID and Interpol. Sivakumar was also connected with the explosive laden vehicle found at the Sama Viharaya at Kotahena in 1996. The search for LTTE operatives and important cadres overseas has not been stopped as they were active in other countries. The TID and the Defence Ministry is continuing the search for them and we have not stopped our operations, the DIG added.


February 3

Sri Lanka Police have arrested 37 suspects under Emergency Regulations over the alleged assassination attempt on President Mahinda Rajapakse and his family by supporters of the main opposition candidate General (Retired) Sarath Fonseka. The arrestees include a Brigadier, a Colonel, several Army deserters and four civilians. Another 23 Army deserters, who were hiding in General Fonseka's office in Colombo, during the last week's search, have been arrested by the Police. The Police also took General Fonseka's office equipments including 23 computers and four motor bikes into custody.


February 3

Two Tamil persons have been arrested in connection with supplying the arms found in a Buddhist temple, Bodhirukkaramaya, in Maligawatta. The Government said that there were plans to assassinate the President and his family on their return to the President's residence following the Election Commissioner's announcement of the final results. More arrests are expected as more information becomes available during the ongoing investigations.


March 2

The CID arrested a high ranking member of the LTTE international finance wing, the State-owned radio reported. The CID arrested the suspect, who arrived in the country from Geneva in Switzerland on January 10, 2010, while hiding in a house at Pallidora road in Dehiwala area in Colombo. The CID claimed the suspect has arrived in the country to look into the business enterprises owned by the outfit. Reportedly the suspect has obtained a passport and visa after producing false information to the immigration and emigration controller. Reports indicate that the LTTE received funds nearing 300 million dollars a year from its overseas network.


May 26

Police arrested a key supporter of the LTTE, on her arrival in Colombo, reports The Island. Well informed sources said that she had been instrumental in collecting funds in Frankfurt for the terrorist organisation and played a key role in the anti-Sri Lanka demonstrations held in the German Commercial Capital during the final stages of the ‘humanitarian operation’ launched by the Security Forces. "She was a key member of the pro –LTTE group who sat across railway lines and blocked the movement of trains in Frankfurt demanding the Sri Lanka Government to halt the operation against the LTTE," sources said. The woman, who had lived in Germany for a considerable period, was also one of the main organisers of the anti-Sri Lanka demonstration held opposite the Indian Consul General’s office in Frankfurt, sources said. The suspect is a native of Chilaw and is around 50 years of age. Some of her close relatives too had been involved in the demonstrations against Sri Lanka and had raised funds for the LTTE in Frankfurt, the sources said. Her family owns the GS Traders in Frankfurt and her son-in-law who is also an LTTE supporter is looking after the business, the source said. She is being interrogated by the CID, sources said.


July 11

Police recovered one T-56 weapon and one empty magazine from Wellampitiya area of Colombo District.


July 6

Police in the Kotahena area of Colombo District and Sambalthivu area of Trincomalee District recovered two hand grenades, one claymore mine, two birth certificates, one education certificate, a principal’s seal, two identity cards, one driving licence and one mobile phone.

8 November 9

Police in a search operation one hand grenade from Maradana in Colombo District.





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