SLA stops resettlement in Swamimalai
[TamilNet, Saturday, 30 August 2003, 16:06 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Saturday stopped a group of internally displaced persons making arrangements to resettle in their abandoned Tamil village Kachchakodi Swamimalai in the Pattipalai division in Batticaloa district, civil group sources said. The Kachchakodi Swamimalai village is located on the border of Batticaloa and Amparai districts in the eastern province about 25 km off southwest of Batticaloa town.
Swamimalai village is about 90 square km in extent and 253
families of 1057 persons lived there in 1985 when violence broke out. The
main occupation of the villagers were agriculture, fishing and animal
husbandry, sources said
In 1985 violence the entire families of Kachchakodi Swamimalai village fled
to other areas for safety and since then they have been living in the villages
of Thanthamalai, Mavadimunmari, Panichchaiyadymonmari and Kokkaddicholai in
the Batticaloa district, sources said.
After the signing of the memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the
Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), action is
being taken by the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) with the assistance of
North East Community Restoration Development (NECORD) to resettle the
internally displaced of Kachchakodi Swamimalai village, sources said.
When a group of IDPs Saturday started making preparation for resettlement
in the village by clearing their respective plots of lands abandoned
eighteen years ago, SLA soldiers located from a nearby camp had gone to the site and
asked them not to make any arrangement for resettlement in their lands and
instead they should find new lands close to the original plots for resettlement, civil sources
On representation by the IDPs the TRO has brought this matter to the notice
of the Batticaloa Government Agent, sources said.
Steps are being taken by the affected IDP families to bring the matter to the notice of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission in Batticaloa district,