VICTORY MONUMENT OF PUTHUKKUDIYIRIPPU
To symbolize the remarkable success and unprecedented achievements made by the respective formations of the army (Security Forces) during Wanni Humanitarian Operation that brought about peace to the entire country, a special victory monument was erected at PUTHUKKUDIYIRIPPU.
The pond around the main statue signifies the blue ocean that surround the island and the national flower lily which blossoms in it, symbolizes our great nation. Natural granite boulders, laden at its base depict the mother earth, replete with natural resources. The lions standing at all four corners of the base represent the warriors who defended the motherland from invaders who tried to conquer this island-nation. In short, those lions immortalize the firm resolve to safeguard the sovereignty of this land from external adversaries. The jubilant soldier who appeared from the ground holding a weapon signifies his emergence of valiant heroic troops as defenders of the nation. The national flag reaching the sky depicts the emancipation and dignified pride of the country. The pigeon taking wings symbolizes conspicuous peace brought to the nation. The Monument was ceremonially unveiled to the nation by His Excellency, the President MahindaRajapaksha, Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces.
TERRORIST SWIMMING POOL
While the nation was swarming with pools of blood with the spate of LTTE’s heinous crimes elsewhere, terrorist had constructed this huge swimming pool in 2001 for exclusive use of the cream of terrorists. It is 83 feet in length and 22 feet in depth. The pool had also been used to train professional divers of the sea tigers, prior to their employment in deep sea operations and suicide attacks against SL naval crafts and Army costal area defence lines. Most importantly, the superstructure covered with a camouflage wire mesh obscured the pool from any air observation. The nature of changing rooms standing aside the pool area amply confirms that this had been used by the terrorist chief and his close allies.
Wadduwakal Causeway is an important segment of A 35 road which connects Mullaittivu with Puthukudiyirippu. A part of this had been destroyed by terrorists during the Humanitarian Operations to stall the advance of the Army towards Puthukudiyirippu.
The area contains the end of the 14 km long terrorist Ditch cum Bund(DcB) which annexed to the No Fire Zone (NFZ) from the rest of the area. Ruthless terrorists were adamant in holding fleeing civilians as a ‘human shield’ with the intention of discrediting the Army troops. The motive was meant to provoke local and international pro-terrorist groups and project Army troops as ‘killers’ of innocent civilians, primarily restricted to the NFZ. However, with the Army’s excellent command and prudent planning of the entire rescue operation, gallant soldiers of the great Army were able to conduct themselves stealthily across the lagoon from both West and East by dislodging the terrorist, from the shoulders of this Lagoon bank without harming any of the innocent civilians. This causeway has earned a name for itself by making a significant feature in the history of Counter Terrorist Operations in the world, as it rescued approximately 100,000 innocent civilians from the clutches of terrorists during the last stages of the Humanitarian Operation.
TERRORIST DITCH – cum – BUND AT PUTHUMATHALAN" SITE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST CIVILIAN RESCUE MISSION "
The terrorist Ditch cum Bund (DcB) in PUTHUMATHALAN had been constructed by the terrorists for their own protection detaining innocent civilians to be used as a ‘human shield’ in final stages of their attacks against the Humanitarian Operations. It also was a tactic, meant by them to be used as a justification of their terror against Security Forces. Such actions mirrored the ulterior machination intended by the terrorists fighting a losing battle. At the time of breaching the DcB by Security Forces, terrorists held a land stretch of approximately 14 Km and a land area varying from 600 m to 800 m. Height of the DcB varied from place to place ranging from 12 to 15 ft. The DcB had been laid with well-constructed bunkers, replete with terrorist minefields and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) as lagoon water; itself enhanced the degree of the major obstacle. Indirect and direct fire-power was very well coordinated along the entire frontage of the DcB. However, braving all the stiff resistance of the terrorists, Sri Lanka Army torpedoed terrorists attempts and triumphantly captured this DcB on the 20th April 2009 rescuing a record 170,000 innocent civilians from ruthless terrorists clutches.
WAR MUSEUM COMPLEX- PUTHUKUDIYIRIPP
This War Museum at Puthukudiyirippu exhibits a wide assortment of arms, ammunition, explosive devices, equipment, sophisticated destructive explosives and warlike items captured or recovered from the possessions of terrorists, which will remain as an immortal terrorist symbol of brutality, ruthlessness and a slur ever cast on the annals of humanity and its evolution.
This 200 acres farm was established in 1970 by an international organization called “RED BAANA”, providing immense opportunities for the people living in the area. Some hard growing fruits such as mandarin, pomegranate, orange are few of the cultivations found in this farm. Water supply system and thewell planned drip irrigation system to feed water for every plant was conspicuous. However, underscoring the very fact of mercilessness, in 1998, thisfarm was forcibly taken over by the ruthless LTTE organization to generate their funds leaving all the dreams of the people around in the dark. The innocent civilians, whowere refused to, have been used as slaves inhumanly for cultivation, and pro LTTE families have been settled around the farm forreap the harvest. The farm was recaptured by SL Armyduring theHumanitarian operations.