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Nanthikadal opens 3 years after the war

The Nanthikadal lagoon, located near the final battle ground of Sri Lanka’s 30 year war, where the leader of the LTTE was killed, has been opened for civilians three years after the war ended, the military said on Wednesday.

The Nanthikadal lagoon was declared open for civilians to fish with de-mining in the surrounding areas being completed.

“There were several mines in the area after the war so it took some time for the mines to be cleared. Now that the area is safe the lagoon has been open for civilians to do fishing,” military spokesman Brigadier Nihal Happuarachi told the Colombo Gazette.

He said the lagoon itself was safe earlier but the surrounding land areas, where LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran was found dead in May 2009, still had mines till the area was declared safe on Wednesday.

Prabakaran’s body was found near the Nanthikadal lagoon in May 2009 and the military at the time said that several LTTE cadres had attempted to protect the rebel leader as the military moved in for the final battle.

A day after Prabakaran’s body was found the military said they had recovered the bodies of his wife and children from the lagoon area.

During the final battle the Nanthikadal lagoon area was declared a no-fire zone but the military later claimed the rebels had used civilians as human shields while attacking the army from the area.

The recovery of Prabakaran’s body and that of several other rebels from near the lagoon prompted human rights groups to call for an investigation following claims the rebel leader was killed after he had surrendered to the army.

The army however denied the claims and said that Prabakaran was killed during a gun battle when he tried to move out of the area with several of his bodyguards.

12 Comments for “Nanthikadal opens 3 years after the war”

  1. nizam

    This drama is just to please UNHRC

  2. Shanika

    Prabakaran might suddenly appear from the lagoon. Be careful. Hee! Hee!

  3. raj

    does it means that it took 3 years to clean up all evidence?

    • Vishwa

      We had get rid of the smell. Gingerly oil smell was unbearable. OK

    • naman

      Yes Raj.
      Forensic experts from the west is needed
      Truth will be out one day
      Hope it is sooner than years and years!!!

    • Piranha

      Absolutely correct. Three years to sanitise the place of all evidence of the mass murder of tamil civilians by the SL military.

    • tomsamusa

      No there was no clean up ;the pakeswere too busy with “victory ” celeberations and other tamashas.
      The news about opening this area is nothing but a hog wash;purely for some gullible left oriented states, and submerging countries.

  4. tomsamusa

    Both satellite photos as well as ground level pictures taken by well meaning TRUE Buddists soldiers and officers who are currently ratting on pakse mafia available to civilised world and diaspora to bring chargesagainst the “GANG”

  5. Sellam

    The civil war between the Tigers and the Government forces was very unfortunate one for which only the Tigers have to be blamed. The war is no answer for the failure of the respective governments not to solve the minority demands for decades. Now the war is over, the government still acts in a partisan manner. The people have the right to know the truth as to how many died in the war, how they died,how many are missing and how many are unaccounted . There is no need for 50,000 army personnel to be stationed in the North and East even after the war has ended.. The people are not allowed to settle in their own homes yet, High Security zones still exist in the North, expanding the army units. The movement of the people are being watched by the army. They are not free. If the government does the right thing towards its citizens, there is no need for International intervention.

  6. Sri

    Was this the site of China fisheries project where furnaces were said to have been imported? One had the impression it was to dry fish!

  7. gamarala

    Are the thousands of bodies buried in shell & bomb craters and inside trenches and bulldozed over still there?

  8. Nagesha Wickramasuriya

    Still many thousands of bodies are buried or floating under wateer. The UN will now be responsible for searching for these bodies.

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