Kinetic operations are defined as actions purposely designed to violently kill the enemy.
Many in the diaspora now believe that new tactics have been inducted to counter what some within the Sri Lankan security establishment deem to be an existential threat to its sovereignty and territorial integrity. That is the use of kinetic action against those whom it deems to be a High-Value-Target (HVT), e.g. organisations or individuals who remain wedded to the concept of Tamil Eelam and posses the capability to infiltrate and destabilise the Sri Lankan state.
Maneenthiran who went by the nom de guerre Parathi represented one element of this threat. He was steeped in the struggle for Tamil Eelam and was behind the restructuring of the grass-roots diaspora organisation, the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC) to ready itself for what many believe is the oncoming of Eelam War V. He was one of the key movers behind the TCC reverting to once again name â€œTamil remembrance dayâ€ as â€œmarveerer naalâ€ or martyrs day after a four year interlude. In addition to this, he was involved in every political action the TCC had initiated across Europe. He thus represented a readily observable HVT and is why many believe he was the object of kinetic action on the 8th of November as he exited the offices of the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC) in Paris. Activists are clear that this was a black psychological operation carried out by the Sri Lankan security establishment and designed to exploit perceived divisions within the diaspora.
What is obvious is that Parathiâ€™s assassins were skilled in the art of reconnaissance and camouflage in an urban setting. It is now apparent that they established his pattern of behaviour and wore helmets and scarves to conceal their identity, not just from the general public but close-circuit television cameras which dot Paris. They were also trained to the highest degree in target acquisition enabling them to inflict lethal force using small arms on a mobile target from a moving position. It requires precision marksmanship and can be only achieved by practising with thousands of rounds on a range. Once immobilised with a shot to his upper body area, they then executed him with a double tap which consists of two rapid-fire shots fired at close range, and, only fled the scene after confirming his death.
Of course, Sri Lankans and the Tamil diaspora see nothing novel in this. Many prominent politicians, journalists and civil society activists have fallen prey to kinetic actions carried out by the Sri Lankan security establishment. The real test, if this is indeed the case, is whether they can structurally debilitate the political architecture of diaspora activists through kinetic operations, which their diplomatic posts have thus far utterly failed to do.
By Bystander (LNW)