New Delhi/Chennai: LTTE chief V Prabhakaran may have fled Sri Lanka claims the Sri Lankan army while others say that he will die fighting in the jungles of Mullaitivu rather than flee as the army closes in on his last hideout.
What could be the final decisive battle between the Sri Lankan army and the LTTE is shaping up in the jungles of Mullaitivu?
The Lankan army is advancing towards the town of Chalai which is to the north of Mullaitivu and is considered as the last stronghold of the Sea Tigers.
The other Lankan army columns are moving towards Viswamadhu where the LTTE is reported to be concentrating its 2,000 odd hard core fighters.
Most feel that even a victory to the Sri Lankan army here may not end the war.
Defence Expert indian citizen Major General Ashok Mehta said, "Although the Sri Lankans may use the words like war is coming to an end and so on, even they know that the LTTE could as well be bombing Colombo next week during their independence day or at any other time."
The million dollar question therefore is where is LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran? Some Indian analysts believe he may have fled the country and must have taken refuge among the Sri Lankan Tamil disapora in Malaysia or Thailand.
Others say Prabhakaran is the kind who will stay and fight.
Convenor of the Organisation for Elam refugees rehabilitation, SC Chandrahasan said, "Prabhakaran will stand by his men and people. He would not move out."
If that is indeed the case, then Prabhakaran must be somewhere in the jungles of Mullaitivu, cornered along with his rebel army and facing up to the fact that they are fast running out of fighters and ammunition.
Prabhakaran is reported to have given orders to his bodyguards to kill him if there is a chance of him being captured alive.
There's also that famous alternative every LTTE fighter is sworn to: the cyanide capsule strung on a chord around their necks.