Land Minister's Trinco visit cancelled, mobile service called off
[TamilNet, Saturday, 26 July 2003, 21:07 GMT]
A four-day mobile service scheduled to be inaugurated at the Trincomalee
district secretariat Saturday morning by the Lands Minister of SriLanka, Dr..Rajitha
Senaratne, was called off at the last minute as a one-day hartal
was observed in the eastern port town the same day, sources said.
Minister Senaratne cancelled his Trincomalee visit without fixing a new date, district
secretariat sources said.
The Land Ministry organized the four-day mobile to solve land related
problems faced by the villagers in the Trincomalee district. The first day
mobile service was to be held Saturday. Mobile services were also to be held at Nilaveli, Chenaiyoor and Eachilampathu on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday respectively.
All arrangements were made by the Trincomalee district secretariat to hold
the mobile service and media persons from Colombo were also brought down to
Trincomalee Saturday morning to cover the minister's visit. When the
Minister learnt that Tamil groups in Trincomalee had organized a hartal
condemning the renewal of cordon and search operation by the security
forces and unlawful arrests of Tamil civilians, he immediately cancelled
his visit to eastern port town, political sources said.
However, a large number of Sinhalese villagers and a handful of Tamils
gathered at the district land office with their land related problems. The
Government Agent, Mr.N.H.K.Nelumdeniya, asked them to hand over their
complaints to respective officials as the Minister had cancelled his
Trincomalee visit and the mobile service until further notice, secretariat