A long, sad and tragic chapter has come to an end in Sri Lanka. Velupillai Prabhakaran has been confirmed to have been shot dead by the Sri Lankan army as he and senior leaders Soosai and Pottu Amman sought to flee from the encircling Sri Lankan army in an armour plated ambulance. Velupillai Prabhakaran’s eldest son Charles Anthony has also been killed and pictures of his dead body have been released by the Sri Lankan government.
Prabhakaran is survived by his wife Mathivathani Erambu, his daughter Duwaraka and second son Balachandran. Their whereabouts are not known.
Now if only the Rajapaksa government can be magnanimous and offer a half-decent devolution package for the north and north-eastern provinces, Sri Lanka will be able to look forward to a bright new tomorrow.