Smashing strongly built up LTTE defences, 58 Division troops 28th January 2009 afternoon entered VISUAMADU town perimeter marking another significant milestone in the final phase of the War for Peace in WANNI.
VISUAMADU, about 18 km to the east of PARANTHAN center on PARANTHAN – MULLAITTIVU (A-35) main road served a strategic hiding den for PRABHAKARAN and his clan and it remained one of the most closely guarded and well-fortified fortresses for well over twenty-five years in the now defunct Eelam kingdom.
Tiger terrorists on January 22, 2009, intending to stall the movement of besieged civilians into cleared areas, blasted the VISUAMADU bridge that connects both east and west of the flat VISUAMADU land area.
Valiant 58 Division troops, minutes after they rolled on to VISUAMADU township Wednesday (28) afternoon were startled to come across a wide assortment of LTTE’s heavy and light vehicles, including a UNICEF owned Toyota double cab.
Troops now dominating their positions in VISUAMADU town perimeters also recovered corpses of five dead Tigers, four T-56 weapons, four I-com sets, explosives and several more LTTE items left behind by Tigers running for life.
The assortment of heavy vehicles contained one bulldozer, one backhoe, one tipper, one canter lorry, twelve hand tractors and the Toyota double cab belonging to UNICEF.
Similarly, two hours after troops’ entry into the town, a group of nine civilians rushed to the troops and pleaded for safety in the hands of them. Troops afterwards directed them to relevant authorities for onward procedures.