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The special police unit under the Ministry of Lands is being set up to investigate and resolve issues including use and misuse of lands.

Minister of Lands S.M Chandrasena said thousands of acres of land under the Land Reforms Commission had been misused by several individuals and plantation companies.

He said steps would be taken to reclaim those lands and give them to the landless without any political or other influence.

The minister said that between 2001 - 2004 and 2015 - 2020, many state lands were misused by previous governments for their own political gain.

He said a special police unit is set up to look into these malpractices under the instructions of the President.

A special hot-line number 1931 has also been introduced for the public to inform the department about such misuse of lands and other malpractices.

Retired Senior DIG Sumith Edirisinghe has been appointed as the project Director, while a team of police officers, including two inspectors have been appointed to head the new unit.

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  • SarangaDS Thursday, 21 January 2021 12:36 PM

    Various politicians and family members in the Mannar region have also misused land allegedly. Have these been investigated properly?

    ChanakaJ Thursday, 21 January 2021 12:39 PM

    Misuse of land should also include mining by the Australian firm, and other local and foreign companies.

    Dam Thursday, 21 January 2021 01:08 PM

    What a joke. Let's see will that stop

    ravin Thursday, 21 January 2021 01:49 PM

    How many politically affiliated people will get caught?

    Borat Thursday, 21 January 2021 02:18 PM

    So all land grabbed by the red shawls can be legitimised

    Fence Post Thursday, 21 January 2021 05:42 PM

    Borat! you said it right. Plus, new red shawls.

    MN Thursday, 21 January 2021 06:00 PM

    Seems attempt to identify lands to misuse


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