The year was 1987.
During the period of peace following the Indo-Sri Lanka agreement members of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Lt. Colonels, Kumarappa, Pulenthiran, Major Abdulla, Captains, Karan, Ragu, Palany, Miresh, Lieutenants Thavakumar, Anpalahan, Reginold, Second Lieutenant Ananthakumar and three other poralis were travelling , unarmed in the Palk Straight on a boat named “Kadalpura”.
Indian Army in gross violation of the provisions of the agreement, intercept, arrest and take the Poralis to Palaly Army Camp.
Excluding all protests from all over Tamil Home Land, Indian Army attempts to take the Poralis to Colombo and hand them over to the Sri Lankan Army.
True to the tradition of their conviction to the cause all of them consume Cyanide. The attempts to save them could save only 2 Poralis. 12 of them breathe their last, on 1987 October 5th , just in front of the same Indian Army which tried to take them to Colombo.
Waves of anger and protest swelled up in the Tamil Home Land and in countries where Tamils were living.
The 12 tigers who sacrificed their lives were cremated amidst tears of Eelam Tamil People at Theeruvil where a memorial Tower was erected in their memory.
The 32nd commemoration is being observed today.