‘I saw no white flags,’ says Thamilselvan’s widow
When we came in from the LTTE controlled area to the government administered area in May 2009, I did not see the Sri Lanka Army firing at anyone who was coming to surrender. Pulidevan, Nadesan and Soosai had died in battle during the last days and no one from the LTTE area came with white flags to surrender, Shashirekha Thamilselvan, widow of LTTE political wing leader Thamilselvan, said in an exclusive interview with The Nation.
“But we all queued up to come to the Army held area as we saw that it was safe. If the Army personnel were firing their guns at the time, we would not have come towards them. When we were coming to Army held area the soldiers treated us as fellow human beings. The story that some LTTE leaders who came to surrender with white flags were shot dead by the Army is a totally false,” she said.
When we were coming towards the Army held area some people among us started shouting that the LTTE cadres were firing at the fleeing civilians and some even went back in fear but we kept going without turning back and now we are being treated well by the Army. My two children and my parents are living with me and my children have a good education and I am happy about it, Shashirekha said.