Sri Lanka Army captured Kokavil
Sri Lankan brave soldiers yesterday captured (1st December 2008) the Kokavil Town.Kokavil small town is situated A9 road and it was considered as a crucial point in 4th Eelam war.Sri Lanka Army 57 division captured the town and further consolidating going on.
Today evening 59 Division captured small village Periyakulam situated near Nadunkerni.
.In 11th July 1990 Sri Lanka army lost the Kokavil Army camp which was guarded Rupavahini relay tower and Captain Saliya Upul Aladeniya sacrificed his life been awarded the highest spirit in combat, the gallantry medal “Parama Weera Vibhushana” (PWV) for his fight against Tiger terrorists valiantly without reinforcements until his camp was destroyed by the terrorists. He received orders to abandon the camp, but he refused to do so as the majority of his troops were injured by then and while bullets are running low.He was the first to be nominated for this prestigious PWV upon his supreme sacrifice and then Hasalaka Gamini awarded for his supreme sacrifice for save Elephant Pass camp in 14 July 1991. Troops are now locating parallel to A-9 Highway and old Murikandi-Kokavil Railway Station where LTTE massacre on ‘Yal Devi ’passenger train was occurred.
The Full packed Yal Devi train on its run 19th January 1985 was blasted by Tiger terrorists, triggering a landmine. Twenty-eight Army soldiers and eleven civilians lost their precious lives, and a total of twenty soldiers, five civilians and three Police Constables, suffered injuries due to this senseless terrorist act. Nevertheless, the train driver, thanks to his presence of mind and bravery pushed all the injured into the carriage, connecting the diesel locomotive and speedily continued its journey, leaving all other twelve compartments behind, since the train remained disconnected as a result of the impact of the blast. However, the driver ensured all casualties were delivered to the nearest hospital at the next railway station, just a couple of minutes later. He still lives to relate his saga.