The Sri Lanka Army released a record 683 acres of land in Thelippalei to 964 legal owners during a ceremony held on Friday in Thelippalei.
Issuing a statement, the Army said the lands were released without compromising national security interests.
The ceremony was held under the auspices of Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake and the District Secretary for Jaffna Nagalingam Vedanayaham.
“The release of those lands continuing for the last couple of months, following an initiative taken by the Army itself, has however not necessitated either the removal or shifting of any security formation operating in the said portion of the land in Thellippalei, Palaly,” the Army said.
Release of lands, organized by the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) under the guidance of Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, Commander, Security Forces - Jaffna took place as a New Year bonanza on the eve of the Sinhala & Tamil New Year- 2018.
The gesture, organized jointly by Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs,District Secretariat for Jaffna and the SFHQ-J was attended by a large gathering of people including the beneficiaries.
The statement further said Friday’s release of 683 acres of the Palaly Army camp area, the biggest chunk of land released to the Jaffna public on a single day, adds a historic chapter to the government’s ongoing projects of reconciliation and ethnic harmony.
Commander of the Army formally gave away documents pertaining to the release of lands symbolically to the District Secretary who was present there.
Shehan Saturday, 14 April 2018 04:50 PM
Keeping its Promise to TNA to to gain its support to No confidence motion.
Kumar Saturday, 14 April 2018 05:26 PM
There are good Sinhalese the bad and the ugly.And you know where you belong.
Johan Saturday, 14 April 2018 05:28 PM
No racist comments.if they are legal owners nobody has the right to hold it without giving them
city Saturday, 14 April 2018 05:28 PM
How if your properties were taken.it's there hard earned money.
Labby Saturday, 14 April 2018 05:52 PM
Stop being so racist. How would you feel or react if a Police Post was set up in your garden?
Southener Saturday, 14 April 2018 07:07 PM
Shehan you are a disgrace. What if your pvt land was taken over by the military for a camp during the JVP uprising? Would you not want it back once peace is restored?
Dee Saturday, 14 April 2018 07:39 PM
Wish they built a camp on your house during the JVP terror era wherever you were and never left and you'd be still doing odd jobs and accessing the net from a wayside net cafe.
Sampath Saturday, 14 April 2018 11:19 PM
They are the legal owners. Land is being returned to them after nine years of the end of the war. Don’t be a racist
rohan Sunday, 15 April 2018 07:56 PM
hey respect private property, if your land was taken over what would you do?
Vignes Saturday, 14 April 2018 04:54 PM
Did you pay rent ?
Jaffa Saturday, 14 April 2018 05:49 PM
No but we defeated the world's worst terrorist organisation so all Sri Lankans can now live in peace ... who owes who what?
Roy Saturday, 14 April 2018 05:03 PM
Land was given back to legal owners. Not illegal ones.
Nuwan Saturday, 14 April 2018 05:21 PM
Rights of Tamil people inhumanly grabed by former regime, thanks to president sirisena, atleast settling them little by little.
Empulze Saturday, 14 April 2018 05:50 PM
Better late than never. My sincere gratitude towards all the parties involved in making this objective a sucess.
Peace Saturday, 14 April 2018 06:56 PM
I hope the government will also evict the unlawful squatters in private houses and properties. These unlawful local squatters have become violent threatening the legal owners any access.
Dee Saturday, 14 April 2018 08:04 PM
This happens everywhere. You need to know how to deal with it(can't say here) .
Gota D Saturday, 14 April 2018 07:08 PM
Mr Wigeshwaran PLEASE show some appreciation for a change.
GH Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:46 PM
Base for LTTE released in acres.
suresh Sunday, 15 April 2018 07:35 AM
Some racists are making inhuman comments.These lands were nessary to set up high security zones to enable aircrafts can land and take over safely.Now the every inch of land is under control of the armed forces.Now what is the point of maintaining high security zones? The LTTE was the result of the attrocities committed aginst the Tamil people since 1958.Many people don't know the history.
dulan Sunday, 15 April 2018 07:41 AM
This was long overdue.Thanks
Kumara Sunday, 15 April 2018 08:58 AM
Why not also give them some compensation for holding onto their lands for so long? Also release the other lands soon.
Hautaum Sunday, 15 April 2018 12:09 PM
It is deep tragedy and, still SLA is undercontrolled many 1000 acres tamil lands. name of security. Majority of Singalise do not know details of tamils problems. If they know and feel much inside but shuld up their mouth so call of secrutiy.
Fairminded Sunday, 15 April 2018 03:02 PM
Sinhala people majority of them don't care about the tragedy of Tamil speaking people. Sinhala people only want there rice and curry. They are happy if you can provide rice even from the moon as promised by Sirimavo. This is why one should have two states in one country for Sinhala identityp and Tamil Speaking identity.
Lord Wolfstein Sunday, 15 April 2018 04:20 PM
The landowners are not dole recipients and it is certainly not an act of grace of the army to give them back their land. They own the land and they have a damned right to it. To organize a solemn ceremony for the return of the land is a cynical and inhuman act by the illegal occupiers.
Nirmalan Monday, 16 April 2018 08:57 AM
Oh Lord W. We in the north need to also remember thag had not the military prosecuted the war to a completion the land would never have been returned. Lord P would have owned Jaffna.
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