Plans afoot to settle Sinhala people in Thiriyaay in Trincomalee district
[TamilNet, Saturday, 07 August 2010, 13:46 GMT]
Moves are afoot by Sri Lanka government central land authorities to acquire about three
thousand acres including paddy fields belonging Tamil farmers located close to the Buddhist temple called Kirihandu
Seya in Thiriyaay, a traditional Tamil village, north of Trincomalee
town. The residents of Thiriyaay said that this is part of a subtle move by the chauvinist elements
in Sri Lanka government to attach more lands to the Buddhist temple in order to settle Sinhalese from South.
They added that Tamil farmers in Thiriyaay have been told by land officials that they should produce deeds and other documents to
claim their fields for cultivating paddy and other crops.
But several Tamil farmers uprooted during war had lost their
deeds and other documents when they fled for safety elsewhere.