Colombo, 20th June (Asiantribune.com):
Sri Lanka’s ministry of defense today said that Issipriya was not just an innocent civilian as portrayed by the Channel4 and revealed that she was a high profile member of the Tamil Tigers, who underwent miltary training and died during the armed conflict.
The ministry also said she had not engaged herself in combat operations due to her health conditions.
The ministry statement also mentioned that “Issipriya was given the rank of 'Lt Col' due to her contribution to the LTTE.
She married a Sea Tiger cadre Sri Ram who also died in the final battle in May 2009.
Sri Ram was the former LTTE Senior Sea Tiger leader in Trincomalee and took part in most of the operations launched by the LTTE against the Sri Lanka Navy and Merchant Vessels.”
Here is the full statement of the defense ministry:
Channel 4 News revealed that one of the victims was a high profile member of the Tamil Tigers - but claimed she was just a journalist rather than a direct fighter as a result of a heart condition
Issipriya was born in 1982 in Jaffna and was recruited by the LTTE and underwent military training in the Wanni. She then served in the LTTE Military Wing and subsequently joined the "Voice of Tigers", the official radio station of the LTTE.
A report submitted to UNESCO by GoSL following the bombing of VOT by SLAF in 2007 made it clear that VOT was the official propaganda radio station of the LTTE. The LTTE cadres who died in the attack were identified as cadres who had also been actively engaged in military operations against the Security Forces.
Issipriya was given the rank of 'Lt Col' due to her contribution to the LTTE. She married a Sea Tiger cadre Sri Ram who also died in the final battle in May 2009. Sri Ram was the former LTTE Senior Sea Tiger leader in Trincomalee and took part in most of the operations launched by the LTTE against the Sri Lanka Navy and Merchant Vessels.
The identity card issued by the LTTE to Issipriya, pictured (here), in which she was clad in combat attire, further confirms her military involvements with the LTTE.
Channel 4 itself notes that Issipriya inspired and glorified Black Tiger cadres who carried out suicide missions, making it clear that she played a key role in persuading youngsters to undertake suicide missions, a role that is worse than that of the misguided youngsters who are led to sacrifice themselves.
It is unfortunate that Channel 4, ignoring evidence of her active involvement in terrorist activities and driving youngsters to this, whitewashes her by claiming that she was just a journalist and not engaged in combat operations due to her health conditions.
-Asian Tribune -
So called innocent™ civilian™ Issipriya®™ (brought to you by Channel 4) using the universal language "Music" to urge fellow tamils to fight for a seperate state by killing the majority Sinhalese(3:14) ...Uploaded to youtube by vannionline (pro LTTE channel) on Dec 26,2009...
බි්රතාන්යයේ චැනල් 4 වාර්තා චිත්රපටය මගින් මාධ්යවේදිනියක හා ප්රවෘත්ති නිවේදිකාවක ලෙස පෙන්වා දෙන ලද ඉසිප්රියා නමැත්තිය එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ සාමාජිකාවක බව හෙළිවී ඇතැයි ආරක්ෂක අමාත්යංශය පවසයි.
එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊය විසින් ඉසිප්රියා වෙත ‘ලූතිනන් කර්නල්‘ ධූරය ලබාදී නිකුත් කරන ලද හැඳුනුම්පතෙහි ඡුායාරූපයක් ද එම අමාත්යාංශය මගින් ඉදිරිපත් කොට තිබේ.
ඇය එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ සංවිධානයේ යුද කටයුතු සඳහා දායකත්වය ලබා දී ඇති බවට අනාවරණය කරමින් එම ඡුායාරූපයෙහි ඉසිප්රියා එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ නිල ඇඳුමින් සැරසී සිටින අයුරු දක්නට ලැබේ.
වසර 1982දී යාපනයේ උපත ලද ඉසිප්රියා එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ සංවිධානයට බැඳී ඇති අතර ඇය වන්නියේදී යුද පුහුණුව ලබා ඇති බව සඳහන් වේ.
පසුව ඇය එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊයේ යුදමය කටයුතු වෙනුවෙන් සිය සේවය ලබා දී ඇති අතර ඉන්පසුව එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ සංවිධානයේ ගුවන්විදුලිය වන ”කොටිහඬ”ට සම්බන්ධ වී ඇත.
ඇය විවාහ වූයේ 2009 අවසන් සටනේදී මියගිය මුහුදු කොටින්ගේ ති්රකුණාමල නායකයා වන ශී්ර රාම් සමඟයි.
එය එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊයේ ප්රචාරක කටයුතු වෙනුවෙන් යොදාගත් බවට ශ්රී ලංකා රජය විසින් යුනෙස්කෝව වෙත වාර්තාවක් ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් දැනුම් දී තිබිණි.
රජයේ හමුදා සහ එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊය අතර පැවති යුද ගැටුම්වලදී මරණයට පත් ඉසිප්රියා ආරක්ෂක හමුදාවලට එරෙහි යුද මෙහෙයුම් සඳහා ක්රියාකාරී දායකත්වයක් ලබා දී ඇති බව ද අනාවරණය වී තිබේ.
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