571 at Keerisuddan on Iranai-iluppaikulam/Kallikulam-Palampiddi road, 571 also on Palampiddi-Madhu road, 572 south of Madhu ahead of Sinnapandivirichchan, 581 West and East of Giant's TankThe LTTE, as is customary to them, has commenced a gradual withdrawal from the Our Lady of the Rosary Church at Madhu as troops surround the area. Military sources indicated the withdrawal has commenced before Army completes encircling of Madhu.
Senior cadres from Jeyam and below have all abandoned the area. Large trenches, trappings and small groups of Tigers still remain. Troops have cutoff the main supply routes to Madhu but some possible escape routes still remain through the Madhu Sanctuary jungle.
The Army says it will not be enticed to change its pace and make a sudden dash to capture the Church. They will not risk the lives of its troops unnecessarily. However, field commanders told DefenceWire that the church will probably be captured, for the second time since 1999, by the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations begin.
The last 'Colonel' to remain in Madhu was Jeyam, who is the pioneer of the LTTE's 'Deep Penetration Forces'. A former loyal of slain LTTE leader Gopalaswamy Mahendrarajah alias Mahattaya, Jeyam was apprehended and tortured by the LTTE in 1994 and was found innocent of all charges.
He was then released on condition that he performed an exceptional military feat (at least from LTTE's standpoint), which he did by giving birth to the LTTE's 'Deep Penetration Unit'. Although this unit is less sophisticated than the Special Forces' LRRP, it has taken part in many attacks like the one on the Anuradhapura Airbase. The Jeyanthan Regiment units inside Yala, Peraru and Weli Oya are also from this unit.