Colonel Soosai with Pulidevan on fibreglass fast attack craft at Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka, 2003
October 16, 1963|
Polikandy, Sri Lanka
|Died||May 18, 2009
Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka
|Known for||Sea Tigers|
Thillaiyampalam Sivanesan (Tamil: தில்லையம்பலம் சிவனேசன்; born in a small coastal village Polikandy, Sri Lanka on October 16, 1963 – May 18, 2009), also known by his nom de guerre, Colonel Soosai, was the head of the Sea Tigers, the naval wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
Thillaiyampalam Sivanesan was married to Sathvadevi and they had two children called Suresh and Madhi. The Sri Lankan Army claim that Soosai's wife and children are in custody after they fled to the army's side during war.
Thillaiyampalam Sivanesan joined LTTE in 1981 along with Pottu Amman.
Colonel Soosai was known as the 'Admiral' for the Sea Tigers. He led the sea tigers and attacked many of Sri Lankan Navy boats. After a major offensive in 2007 by the Sri Lankan Army, the Sea Tigers became less effective as the Sri Lankan Navy matched their strength with better weapons, and faster boats such as Super Dvora Mk II. The Sea Tigers was still effective until LTTE lost the war on 19 May 2009.
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Colonel Soosai transported 1,200 cadres with Balraj behind enemy lines into Jaffna Peninsula. This was the first attack in which LTTE used sea to transport cadres for an attack which was likely to be unsuccessful. Soosai said this mission was a do or die mission because Balraj had to take control of Elephant Pass in order for the mission to be successful.
On May 18, 2009 the Sri Lankan government claimed that Brigadier Soosai was killed when a rocket hit the armored-plated van he was riding in after a two-hour firefight. Troops removed and claimed to have identified his body along with the rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and other rebel fighters. At the time of his apparent death, he was wanted by Interpol because the Magistrate Court in Wattala, Sri Lanka, had issued an arrest warrant on terrorism charges.
- http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2009/05/16/sea-tiger-chief-soosai%E2%80%99s-wife-son-and-daughter-caught-escaping-with-other-civilians/ Sea Tiger leader Soosai's wife, son and daughter flee with other civilians
- http://www.interpol.int/public/Data/Wanted/Notices/Data/2006/76/2006_57476.asp Thillayampalam, Sivanesan
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