Sathasivam Krishnakumar

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Sathasivam Krishnakumar
Born (1960-01-02)2 January 1960
Sri Lanka
Died 16 January 1993(1993-01-16) (aged 33)
Indian Ocean
Nationality Sri Lankan
Other names Kittu
Occupation Tamil Militant
Known for Many Successful Attacks

Sathasivam Krishnakumar also known as Colonel Kittu [1] was a well-known commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Personal life[edit]

Sathasivam Krishnakumar was born in Valvettithurai, Sri Lanka. He studied in Velayutham Maha Vidyalayam. His father had a printing press in Point Pedro. His mother was a political leader in Jaffna. He was also Velupillai Prabhakaran's cousin. He married his girlfriend Cintheya ( a medical faculty student)during the ceasefire period in Colombo in 1991 and they have no children.


Col Kittu was one of the first commander of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, partly attributed to his closeness and relationship to LTTE leader. Kittu did many successful ambushes on the Sri Lankan Army, Tamil paramilitary and even the IPKF.

Krishnakumar lost one of his legs when going somewhere in a car, when a Tamil rival attacked using a grenade. Kittu was also wounded his other leg which meant he had to get an artificial limb to be fitted in Britain.

While in Britain, Kittu a known hardliner for a separate Tamil Eelam threatened Tamils who lived in UK through his extortion racket for collecting funds to support Eelam war. Many Tamils who didn't support Tamil Eelam or the cause made an appeal to the government who eventually deported him.[2][3]

After leaving Britain Kittu was appointed by Vellupillai Prabhakaran as the leader of shipping division which looked after sea side patrolling, smuggling and transportation of armaments. He travelled to many countries bringing in weapons and arms into Sri Lanka.[4]


Kittu was supposedly coming from Thailand on a LTTE arms ship M.V.Ahat (also known as Yahata). Even though he was not in Indian waters, the Indian Navy surrounded the ship asking him to surrender. He didn't want to get caught and he asked the crew to get off the ship and go to the Indian Navy, while he and his cadres blasted the ship sinking it into the sea. He died on 16 January 1993.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Asian Times
  2. ^ The Phuket Connection at
  3. ^ Krishnakumar at
  4. ^ The Phuket Connection at