Jaffna Army Brigade to relocate

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The military yesterday said the 512 Brigade - the main unit of the Sri Lanka Army stationed in Jaffna - would be relocated in the peninsula handing over the houses it occupied back to the civilians.  

The brigade, which is in charge of operations in the peninsula had already handed over 18 of the 45 houses it occupied to relocate to the one acre land provided to the Army by the government.

Military spokesman Ruwan Wanigasuriya said the 45 houses used by the brigade were situated within a five acre land. “We were paying them rents since we took them over during the war,” he said.

“The rest of the houses will be handed back to the civilians within the next few months while the construction of new buildings and infrastructure for the brigade have already started,” Brigadier Wanigasuriya said.

The number of troops in the Jaffna Peninsula is now around 15,000, which is eight per cent of the operational strength of the Army.

At the beginning of the humanitarian operation, 30 percent or 50,000 of the operational strength of the Army was stationed in the peninsula.  

The 51, 52 and the 55 divisions of the army with nearly 25 battalions are stationed in the Jaffna peninsula now under the leadership of Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe. (Supun Dias)
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  • Jozy Saturday, 13 October 2012 12:39 AM

    Jaffna it self 15,000 !. What is number out side of Jaffna? 85,000? Recocation is not a problem , you have to reduce the strength.

    Greaspiya Friday, 12 October 2012 10:27 AM

    LESSONS HAVE BEEN LEARNT.

    Yuri Friday, 12 October 2012 04:18 AM

    American tune is working i guess....

    nanda Friday, 12 October 2012 05:01 AM

    Paying rent, I wonder who is pocketing it as no rent was paid to the owners of the houses

    rohan jurangpathy Friday, 12 October 2012 05:13 AM

    THE ARMY NAVY AIRFORCE POLICE ETC THRU THE PRESIDENT SECURED THE RIGHT FOR US TO SAY WHAT V WANT NW U ABSURD PEOPLE Y DID U NOT BCOME VOLUNTEERS DURING THE WAR NW U R TALKING THE BOYS EVEN DNT KNW MOST OF THEM WHO R SUFFERING WITH OUT A HAND ETC TO USE A COMPUTER AND U GUYS RIGHT RUBBISH

    LOL Friday, 12 October 2012 05:21 AM

    Military in the jaffna peninsula are refugees in Tamil home land because you forcefully occupied their land. better relocate...

    Amila. G Friday, 12 October 2012 06:22 AM

    RELOCATE IS A GOOD WORD. GIVE PEOPLE THEIR HOMES AND BUILD THEM ON STATE LAND.

    speedTrain Friday, 12 October 2012 07:05 AM

    hee....,hee...... i think he was paying the rent to the army who was living in those houses.

    Chakablass Friday, 12 October 2012 08:42 AM

    good move by the Army Chief !

    ROGER Friday, 12 October 2012 08:45 AM

    VERY GOOD MOVE NEXT MOVE WIN THE CONFIDENCE OF THE TAMIL PEOPLE

    ravi Friday, 12 October 2012 03:14 AM

    Relocate just like refuge camps.

    Big Ears Friday, 12 October 2012 03:17 AM

    We need to thank the International community for this.

    Cobra Friday, 12 October 2012 03:29 AM

    Very good but about rents being paid is a bit hard to believe!

    Nirmala Friday, 12 October 2012 09:27 AM

    Most of these are huge luxury houses, can these be returned in the same condition in which army took it forceably from civilians? Rents paid? That's news for us!


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