The Sri Lanka Army blasted the last bunker used by Velupillai Prabhakaran, the slain chief of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Located in the midst of thick jungle in Pudukudiyiruppu of Mullaitivu district, the four-storey underground hideout had been the last residence of the Tiger chieftain before he went to Mullivaikkal and thence to Nandikadal, to fight the last battle.
Confirming reports that the bunker was blasted after army troops made the place off bounds to tourists, Lankan army spokesman Brig Ruwan Wanigasooriya said there was no need for the government to retain vestiges of the terrorist era.
Asked why the destruction was ordered now, after the place was allowed to develop as a favourite tourist spot over the last three years, Wanigasooriya said the surrounding places had to be cleared of mines before a major blast was set off.
However, political sources said the authorities were keen that the Tamil National Alliance-ruled Northern Province should not turn the place into a monument for Prabhakaran.
There is speculation that the other bunker located at Viswamadu would also be destroyed, as indeed the graveyards of the LTTE, known as the Maaveerar Thuyilum Ilam, were levelled.