Weapons found from former LTTE hospital
One more shrewd LTTE ploy to mislead and distract attention while
making the world believe that the LTTE was caring for the sick, came to
light when Army de-mining engineers uncovered a large cache of unusable
T-56 weapons and spares from an abandoned toilet pit at Valipunam Mixed
It was earlier used by terrorists as one of their hospitals in the
‘No Fire Zone’ (NFZ), states an Army Headquarters release.
It adds: the Valipunam Mixed School, alleged to have been converted
to a ‘hospital’ by the LTTE to treat civilians, was declared an NFZ by
the government on January 24, 2009, in response to a request made by the
ICRC to this effect.
On the same day, the government declared Puthukkudiyiruppu Hospital,
Udayarakadu Hospital, ICRC office area at Udayarakadu and the Valipunam
Mixed School, the so-called makeshift LTTE ‘hospital’ as NFZs and troops
were directed to observe a radius of 1 km around those premises, despite
confirmation received to the effect that terrorists were busy locating
their heavy weapons around those hospitals at that stage of the
Troops, adhering to rules of engagement desisted from firing towards
those areas, despite a string of enemy provocations in those crucial
stages of Wanni humanitarian operations.
During the weekend (July 8), Army de-mining teams, fully committed to
rid public places of landmines and explosives, prioritized de-mining
surveillance work in and around the school premises since the school has
just started functioning with about 200 children, almost all of them
from newly resettled families.
To the astonishment of de-mining Engineer troops, 115 T-56 weapons
and a large stock of weapon spares, appeared hurriedly dumped in the
former ‘hospital’ toilet pit by LTTE terrorists, were uncovered by those
de-mining Engineers in the Army.
It is believed that terrorists, pretending that the venue was being
used with the Red Cross logo atop the main building (see photos), had
fled the area as troops were rolling on towards their strongholds during
the first quarter of 2009.
The LTTE resorting to all unethical and unchallengeable measures
inside NFZs, kept on restricting distribution of government-provided
food, medicine and other essentials among civilians in those zones and
most of them were forced to construct defensive LTTE positions inside
During the final stage of the humanitarian operations, the government
giving priority attention on humanitarian aspects of the influx,
deserting LTTE held areas, declared five ‘No Fire Zones’ in the
Visuamadhu and Puthumattalan areas.