B. Muralidhar Reddy

COLOMBO: At least 15 LTTE cadres, two soldiers and two police personnel were killed in fighting in the north and the east in the last 24 hours, the military claimed on Sunday.

The Defence Ministry said the “counter-terror offensives aimed at liberating” Wanni continued as troops moved further ahead, crushing “terror defences” in the Jaffna, Vavuniya, Welioya and Mannar battlefronts.

Separately, TamilNet quoted pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentary group leader R. Sampanthan, who on Saturday met Indian officials, as telling the delegation that “Tamils believed all these years that they were the natural allies of India, but it is not so today.” Even the human rights violations against Tamils, abductions and genocide are largely ignored by India. We feel very sad about this,” he said.

“We thought both Tamils and Indians were together, but we believe India does not think that we’re together. But today, India got the oil tanks in Trincomalee, but the Tamils nothing,” TamilNet quoted him as saying.

“India has not been very concerned about Tamil grievances, but is only interested in safeguarding its own interests,” Mr. R. Sampanthan told the visiting Indian delegation, the website said. After listening to Mr. Sampanthan, the Indian delegation invited him to Delhi for talks.