IDP families from Moothoor HSZ villages relocated elsewhere
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 29 September 2009, 17:02 GMT]
327 members of ninety-seven internally
displaced Tamil families from Moothoor east in Trincomalee district
were brought down to Verukal in fifteen State sector buses with police
escort Tuesday morning from Kokkuvil transit centre in Batticaloa
district. Moothoor Divisional Secretariat officials received them at
Verukal Tuesday and transferred them to another transit centre located in
Chinnakku’lam in Moothoor east as their original homes in Champoor east
Champoor west, Kooniththeevu and Kadatkaraichcheanai in Moothoor east
are occupied as Sri Lanka Army (SLA) High Security Zones (HSZs).
About 22,000 members of around 7,300 Tamil families fled from Moothoor east and sought refuge n Batticaloa district following the military operation by the SLA in April 2006. These IDP families were kept in seventy-five transit
centres in Batticaloa since then.
6074 members of 1525 IDP families who fled from villages now under HSZ were held in eleven transit centres in Batticaloa district as SLA refused them to be resettled in their own homes.
However, they were transferred to transit camps in Ki'liveddi,
Paddiththidal and Chinnakku’lam in Moothoor DS division since January this
year in different batches.
The final batch of them was brought down to Verukal
Tuesday, closing down eleven transit centres sheltering Moothoor east