Tiger heir Charles Anthony dies young

Tiger heir Charles Anthony dies young

Anthony, 24, named after his father’s close confidant who died battling the Sri Lankan forces in early 1980’s, is reported to have secured an aeronautical engineering degree from a European country. It is said that Parabhakaran groomed his son Anthony, whose body was found by forces on Monday, to head the LTTE which he founded 30 years back on the plank of a separate nation for minority Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Anthony started heading the Air Tigers, the air wing of LTTE, from early 2006 and was reported to have overseen the assembling of Czech-made Zlin-143 aircraft which the LTTE used to bomb key installation of the Sri Lankan army.

Anthony, is also reported to have piloted an aircraft which bombed Katunayake Airforce base here in March 2007.

When the battle raged and LTTE started losing many of its strongholds in the north, Prabhakaran and Charles took control of the Tamil Tiger’s military wing and directed the fighters. Anthony reportedly led a battalion of the LTTE when it almost lost all its major strongholds including Killinochchi and Mullaittivu.

Final hour

Anthony is reported to have been with Prabhakaran on the battlefront during the final phase of the war.

Though no one is sure about Prabhakaran’s personal life, he married Madhi Vadhani in 1984 in Tirupporur near Chennai and has a daughter named Duwaraka and two sons — Charles Anthony and Balachandran.
While Charles was on the battlefront during the final phase, the whereabouts of others are not known. It is speculated that they are not in Lanka.

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