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LTTE chief lives 30 feet below the ground: Report

February 13, 2008 14:06 IST

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam supremo Vellupillai Prabhakaran lives in a sprawling air-conditioned bunker complex located 30 feet below the ground, and comes up to the surface only at night to avoid detection, a report said today.

Prabhakaran's extravagant underground bunker is constructed as per his instructions and equipped with air-conditioning and power generators, the Bottom Line newspaper reported, showing a sketch of the alleged bunker mapping.

The bunker is 30-feet deep and divided into two sectors. It has a tunnel which connects to a similar bunker complex, and the rebels leader's room is tucked away in the lowermost floor with two exits, the sketch shows.

A typical day for Prabhakaran, who suffers from hypertension, begins at 5 am when he is served a cup of tea without sugar or milk and is briefed about the battle front at 6.30 am, the report said quoting sources.

"From a powerful radio set, Prabhakaran gives instruction to his field commanders though he himself would not talk directly, and asks his confidante to do the talking. If he
thinks that communications are not secure, he would insist on communicating through satellite phones at night," it said.

Not in the best of health, the rebel leader's breakfast is simple and is again accompanied by tea without sugar or milk. "Three doctors attend to Prabhakaran and they continuously monitor his health conditions as he suffers from hypertension. His blood pressure is checked twice during the day," it said.

For lunch, his aide prepares food without salt which he doesn't like at all, but is compelled to eat due to his health, said the report.

"He has become a vegetarian because of his illness," the report said, adding that "he has light dinners -- mostly kurakkan (cereal grass whose seed yields a somewhat bitter flour) and some gravy".

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