THE Tamil Tigers have sacked one of their most powerful figures for alleged misappropriation of funds, reports from Jaffna said yesterday. Dominic, the Tigers' de facto government agent in Jaffna, had been accused of twice embezzling sums amounting to seven million rupees (about HK$1 million). Senior security sources quoting intelligence reports told the South China Morning Post yesterday that the sacking of the top Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam cadre would heighten dissension in the ranks. They claimed rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran had been forced to yield to intense pressure from irate Tiger cadres to remove Dominic, who had been accused of misappropriating donations collected from Tamil expatriates. Intelligence sources said the rift between the Tigers' military leader in the east, Karan Vinayagamoorthy - alias Karuna - and Prabhakaran had widened following a series of recent military debacles suffered by the rebels. Karuna has accused the Tigers' leadership of sacrificing eastern cadres to slow down advancing government troops while holding back northern fighters, security intelligence sources said. According to military reports, 102 hardcore rebels from eastern Batticaloa district were killed during the government operation codenamed 'Riviresa'. Authorities are checking intelligence reports that Prabhakaran had slipped out of Sri Lanka. Prabhakaran, Sri Lanka's most wanted fugitive, has eluded authorities for nearly two decades. Colombo has announced an unprecedented US$500,000 (HK$3.86 million) price on Prabhakaran's head. Meanwhile, hundreds of heavily armed police commandos yesterday fanned out from their camps in the country's east to launch fresh operations against the guerillas, The police Special Task Force commandos backed by the air force mounted the offensives in Panama, Maha Oya and Batticaloa areas and were moving against rebel hideouts in the jungle, officials said. 'There are limited operations going on in the east right now,' chief military spokesman Brigadier Sarath Munasinghe said. 'The idea is to keep the terrorists on their toes.' There were no immediate reports of confrontations but the operations came three days after Deputy Defence Minister Anuruddha Ratwatte said they were moving to attack Tamil Tiger targets in the east amid stepped up rebel raids.