Colombo destroys herbal forest in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 October 2011, 21:38 GMT]
Several hundred acres of forest that contains herbal plants, situated along the coastal strip from Koa'ra'langkea'ni to Paalaiyadith-thoa'naa in Koa'ra'laip-pattu South DS division in Batticaloa district where rare medicinal plants are found are being destroyed deploying bulldozers for the past six days under the direction of Colombo authorities. On behalf of Colombo, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, a paramilitary leader and deputy minister in Rajapaksa government, has been heading the destruction in the name of ‘urban development and tourism’.

Rare medicinal plants such as Kaakka'nam, Marungkai, Ka'ruvaa, Pilaa'li and Pilaasa, whilch are needed to cure snakebites and dog bites, are in the jungle strip which is being hurriedly destroyed, complain Ayurvedic doctors in Batticaloa.  

According to civil sources in Batticaloa, the destruction of the valuable plants has been taking place without informing the Divisional Secretary and the village officers (GS) of the area. 

This is another ruse by the Colombo government to Sinhalicise the land of the Tami country while several thousands of uprooted Eezham Tamils have been rendered landless following SL military operations, massacres and natural calamities throughout the last three decades, the civil sources further said.

Civil sources expressed fear that if the trend of acquiring lands for Colombo's tourism development and other purposes continue at the current rate there would be no lands left for the people of the area soon.

SL government officers working in the area fear either losing their jobs or getting transferred to other places if they voiced against the destruction and the land grab taking place under various covert names.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Sinhalese are working in recently opened “Maalu Maalu”tourist resort located in Pasikkudah in Kalkuda DS division. The personal establishment of SL presidential sibling and development minister Basil Rajapaksa owns the resort. Civil sources further allege that the resort is also used for sexual exploitation of Tamils.

Two similar resorts are also located close to SL Army camp in Kumpu'rumoolai.

One of the resorts in Kumpu'rumoolai is registered in the name of Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan and the other in his sister’s name, informed sources said.

Mr. Muralitharan's sister is allegedly involved in illegal extortion of money from the youths in Kiraan promising employment in SL government sector.

Principals, teachers and government employees in Kiraan are indirectly intimidated to join an institution called “Karuna Foundation” to sustain their jobs and to get new employment in the government sector.


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
17.05.21 19:23   Photo
Ananthi blames war criminal Silva for blocking collective memorial at Mu'l'livaaykkaal
23.03.21 12:41   Photo
No focus on Tamil genocide, geopolitics gets played out in Geneva in favour of QUAD formation
21.03.21 13:34   Photo
Navi Pillay explains ‘human rights’ limitations in Geneva on Tamil genocide
15.03.21 20:36   Photo
Deceived Tamil activists in UK falsely claimed ‘substantial changes’ to Zero draft
09.03.21 21:34   Photo
UK repeatedly wronged Tamils says hunger-striker, demands genocide justice
26.02.21 11:53   Photo
Tamils witness false dilemma in Geneva as geopolitical formations pit against each other
19.02.21 14:02   Photo
UK not prepared to push for ICC option in new UNHRC Resolution
07.02.21 23:16   Photo
Unprecedented P2P uprising paves the way for rights-oriented politics of Tamils and Muslims
22.01.21 08:01   Photo
Gotabaya sets up deceptive COI citing ‘sovereignty’ and ‘non-aligned’ foreign policy
18.01.21 23:44   Photo
Tamil activists resisted three sources of outside influence while drafting demands to UNHRC
16.01.21 11:03  
Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM
09.01.21 09:37   Photo
Demolition of Tamil genocide monument, fourth emblematic trauma since 1974: Rev Fr Sakthivel
08.01.21 23:51   Photo
Colombo destroys Mu'l'livaaykkaal memorial monument at Jaffna University
07.01.21 11:22   Photo
With emphasis on genocide, Suresh calls for ICC-referral, IIIM and referendum
07.01.21 00:04   Photo
Boyle prefers IIIM demand over ICC-referral, says specific reference to genocide essential
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=34502