Special Forces of SLA have fought many battles and emerged victorious in almost all of them in the Eelam War 4. At one time during the siege to Vakarai, SLA ground forces found it difficult to advance due to heavy LTTE resistance. They had succeeded in breaching 1st and 2nd LTTE forward defence lines but could not penetrate the third. In the meantime, SLA troops could observe a group of shadowy figures stealthily crossing the Vakarai lagoon. These were none other than Special Forces units preparing for an assault on the Vakarai town center. After a few minutes, 40 highly trained and heavily armed Special Forces units carried a legendary amphibious assault on Vakarai town center causing the defending LTTE units to flee in chaos. The operation lasted for mere 5 minutes but it marked the end of a successful campaign for SLA and a crushing defeat for the terrorists.
Above is a story we all know very well. But very little has been spoken about the master planner who held SF together in the Vakarai offensive; Col. Prasanna de Silva. Col Prasanna Silva is undoubtedly one of the best commanders SLA have ever had. As a result of his success, he's made it to LTTE's 'high priority' list. However Col. Silva has now resigned from the army. He was asked to deploy Special Forces units in the Northern front while the Eastern offensive (Thoppigala) was ongoing. Col. Silva saw the disadvantage in the strategy and immediately opposed the move. Unfortunately for SLA, the pressure from 'the top' was too high and ultimately caused the veteran to hand over his resignation letter.
However, timely intervention by 'the right people' has minimized the impact of the damage and has avoided what could have been catastrophic ripple effects; This certainly won't be the end of SF. The new commander [Name withheld] is capable of continuing from where Prasanna Silva left.
However, the fact remains that SLA lost 'one of its best' due to an irresponsible and unfortunate series of events.
Notice to readers: If you know Col. Prasanna Silva's personal/family details , please refrain from revealing them in your comments. We have lost too many great personnel due to our own carelessness.