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* Update: Former top rebel discloses the actual situation Sri Lanka NFZ
Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 15:13 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 22, Colombo: Surrendered top rebel Daya Master, former media coordinator of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) has disclosed that there are only 10,000 to 15,000 civilians trapped in the No Fire Zone at the moment, the military said.

According to the military, the government was able to obtain more details on the No Fire Zone and the LTTE leader from this prominent rebel leader.

Former media coordinator of the LTTE, Daya Master alias Velayudan Dayanithy surrendered to the Sri Lanka Army this evening with his family members at the Putumatalam area in the NFZ.

One time a popular English teacher at Wadamarachchi West in Jaffna, Daya Master was a key member of the rebel outfit during the failed peace talk sessions.

In July 2006 this 59 years old top LTTE member underwent a bypass surgery at the Apollo Hospital in Colombo. Following the operation he crossed over once again to the rebel dreamland of Kilinochchi.

Along with the Daya Master, George Master, former translator of the late LTTE political wing leader, S.P. Thamilchelvan, also surrendered to the Sri Lanka Army this evening with his family members.

George Master or Kumar Pancharathnam was a former Post Master in Jaffna. He was the person who translated the Tamil speech of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran at his only press briefing held in Kilinochchi few years ago.

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