Tigers cage their media chief

LTTE media spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan has been placed under arrest by the Tigers, according to Army intelligence.

Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka said Ilanthirayan had attempted to desert the LTTE and surrender to the Army, but on his way to the government controlled area he had been caught and imprisoned by the Tigers on order from the leadership.

Fonseka said several other LTTE cadres were being prevented from surrendering to security forces. He said about 3,000 civilians were being detained as a human shield at LTTE leader Prabhakaran’s hideout, but he expected those civilians to defy the LTTE and travel to the Army controlled areas.

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