"Thennamaravadi IDP's lands being encroached"- Sampanthan
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 28 September 2004, 16:29 GMT]
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Mr.R.Sampanthan complained in a letter to the Sri Lanka Goverment's Peace Secretariat officials that they should take immediate steps to stop the encroachment of paddy
lands belonging to displaced Tamil families located in Thennamaravadi village in
Trincomalee district, sources said.
In a letter to Dr.Jayantha Dhanapala, Secretary General of the Government Secretariat for
Co-ordinating the Peace Process (COPP) and Mr.Tilak Ranaviraja, Secretary
to the Interior Ministry, Mr. Sampanthan said,
''Some lawless elements after the Ceasefire Agreement are attempting
to deprive lawful owners who are displaced from resuming possession of
their lands and cultivating same in Thennamaravadi Tamil village.''
In one instance, a person called Ukkubanda Anura of Siripura junction in
Padavi Siripura area has forcibly ploughed four acres of land at
Thillaimadhu Velli and Nallathanneer Ootru Pulavu at Thennamaravadi,
belonging to one Erambu Tharmalingam presently staying at Ponnagar refugee
camp in Mulliayawallai.
In the second incident two acres of land belonging
to the heirs of one Vinasithamby Kanagiah has been forcibly ploughed and
cultivated by one Gune of 12th Colony said Mr.Sampanthan in his letter to
Interior Ministry Secretary.
Mr. Vinasithamby Kanagiah and his wife Sethupillai were killed in 1984
attack on the village.
Around 175 Tamil families living in Thennamaravadi
village were dislocated during the 1984 attack.
''I have to request you to use your good offices to ensure that the
dislocated people who now wish to resume possession of their lands are
allowed to do so, Mr.Sampanthan appealed to Dr.Dhanapala.
Mr.Sampanthan took up this matter with Mr.Tilak Ranaviraja when he met the
latter in Colombo on September 23. Mr. Ranaviraja agreed to take up
this matter with relevant authorities in Anuradhapura district.
Mr.Sampanthan further stated in his letter that the owners until their
dislocation in 1984 regularly cultivated these lands. These families are
now planning to return to Thennamaravadi village. Forcible ploughing and
cultivation on these lands has commenced only after the ceasefire agreement
came into operation.
''These actions could result in a serious breach of peace and also deter
the lawful owners from returning to their lands and resuming life. This
highhanded action must be stopped, and the lawful owners should be allowed
to take possession of their lands. I have to request that immediate action
be taken to remove the tresspassers,'' said Mr.Sampanthan.