Lt Col. Mahenthiís remains buried in Kanagapuram
[TamilNet, Monday, 12 June 2006, 22:04 GMT]
The remains of Lieutenant Colonel Mahenthi, the Mannar Military commander of LTTE, killed Sunday in a claymore attack carried out by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers, was buried with full military honours at Kanagapuram National Heroes Cemetary, Sunday, attended by several leading citizens, LTTE military commanders, LTTE cadres and residents, sources from Kilinochchi said.
Late Mahenthiís body was first kept at Palai Police Quarters around 10 a.m where large number of people paid their last respects.
Mahenthiís father started the homage at Palai by lighting the flame of sacrifice, followed by Lt. Col Mahenthiís wife lighting an oil lamp and laying a garland on her husband's body. Pon. Thiyagam, the officer in charge of National Heroes Cemetary, Colonel Jeyam, other Commanders, LTTE cadres and residents placed garlands on Mahenthi.
Pon Thiyagam, Col Jeyam and Ilamparithi, the head of LTTE Political Wing for Jaffna district, gave memorial speeches at Palai.
From Palai his remains were taken to Kilinochchi Government Office and from there the body was taken in a procession accompanied by music bands to the Cultural Hall in Kilinochchi, where hundreds Kilinochchi residents paid their respects.
Col Balraj, a top commander of the LTTE, Papa, Head of Tamil Eelam sports department, and senior LTTE member Mr K.V.Blalakumaran spoke extolling the services of Col Mahenthi to the national liberation struggle.
Lt. Col. Mahenthiís remains were then taken to Kanagapuram National Heroes Cemetary and buried with full military honours attended by LTTE commanders, LTTE cadres and a large number of people.