2ND LEAD (PHOTOS UPDATED)
Col. Ramanan's remains buried with military honours in Thandiyady
[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 May 2006, 01:18 GMT]
The remains of Col. Ramanan, the Deputy Head of the LTTE Military wing, assassinated by a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) sniper at Vavunativu Forward Defence Line (FDL) Sunday the 21st May 2006 was buried with military honour at the Thandiyady Martyrs Resting Home Wednesday evening around 6.00 p.m, attended by several leading citizens, LTTE cadres and residents of Amparai and Batticaloa districts, sources in Batticaloa said.
Late Col. Ramanan, Deputy Commander of Batticaloa - Amparai Military Wing of the LTTE
Black flags were flown along streets, and shops, schools, offices and other institutions in Batticaloa Amparai districts were closed as the districts residents paid respects to the senior Commander Ramanan, a native Pallukamam in Batticaloa, sources said.
Late Ramanan's remains was first kept Sunday at Thenaham in Karadiyanaru for people to pay their last respects and later at Kokkadicholai Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalayam. It was then taken to Pallukamam Kandumani Maha Vidyalayam through Mahiladitivu, his wife's birth village.
From Palukamam it was then taken Wednesday to Vellaveli and kept at Kalaimahal Vidyalayam and later taken through Perativu to Thandiyady Maha Vidyalayam around 3.00 p.m, where residents paid homage.
LTTE Special Commander Col. Bhanu paying last respects to Col. Ramanan in Batticaloa.
After ceremonial offering flowers, the remains was brought to Thandiyady Martyrs Resting Home where it was buried around 6.00 p.m with military honours, LTTE sources said.
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Mr. P. Ariyanenthiran, LTTE Batticaloa district Commander Col. Banu, Batticaloa Political Head Thayamohan, Women Political Head Kuveni, Commander Piraba, Chief of Head Office Amuthan, Head of Rajan College Keethan, LTTE Division Commanders, Combatants and several hundred people participated in the final rites.
Thayamohan presided at the event where Col. Banu, Kuveni, Amuthan, Keethan and P. Ariyanenthiran M. P. spoke praising the contribution of Col.Ramanan to Tamil eelam struggle.
A hartal condemning Col. Ramanan's assassination was observed in Kalvanchchikudi from Tuesday and there was no traffic to Kalmunai, sources said.
Col. Ramanan leaves behind his wife and two children.