Liberation Tigers’ Ira’naimadu runway used exclusively by Indian Air Force

[TamilNet, Friday, 23 April 2010, 21:10 GMT]
The runway constructed by Liberation Tigers of Tami Eezham (LTTE) in Ira’naimadu in Ki’linochchi has been handed over to the exclusive use of Indian Air Force (IAF), according to sources close to a section of Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) personnel who have expressed their disapproval of this course of action by Sri Lanka government. The area in which this runway is located in Ira’naimadu falls within the High Security Zone (HSZ) and is strictly out of bounds for low ranking SLA personnel, the sources added. IAF officers fly routinely between Tamil Nadu and Ira’naimadu besides training SLAF personnel at I’ra’naimadu, the sources said.

The runway constructed by LTTE in I’a’naimadu in a strategic jungle area in Ki’linochchi had been considered an extraordinary feat by many military analysts.

Recently some persons lost their lives when they were engaged in constructing a communication tower in Ira’naimadu.

It is reliably understood that these men died working on the project where communication towers were to be erected in Kurunakar and Point Pedro in Jaffna peninsula to function along with the communication tower in Ira’naimadu with the aim to develop communication technology and facilities between Tamil Nadu and Ki’linochchi.

Some local communication agencies are also said to be offering their assistance to this project.

So far the uprooted civilians from Vanni had not been permitted to resettle in Ira’naimadu area or most of the area east of A9 road, sources in Vanni said.


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