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SLPP Parlimentarian accused of land grab in Kalpitiya

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By Nirmala Kannangara

Puttalam District SLPP Parliamentarian Chinthaka Mayadunna is accused of being involved in land grabbing in Kalpitiya to distribute amongst the Muslim and Tamil communities, eyeing their votes at the upcoming elections.

Mayadunna and his Secretary Mendis have instigated the Muslim and Tamil communities in the area to trespass private lands promising them ownership to these lands.

Meanwhile, Acting Divisional Secretary (ADS) Kalpitiya, S. Nandasena too has come under severe criticism for aiding and abetting Mayadunna in his misdeeds. It is reported that two workers working on a 43 acre land belonging to Shirani Kotalawela had been chased away by the ADS claiming that they did not have any authority to work on ‘state’ land.

In order to prove that this is a state land and did not belong to any private party, last week, Nandasena had got the Survey’s Department to survey the land seeking a conformation on its ownership.

On the instructions of Mayadunna and Mendis over 200 Muslim and Tamil villagers have encroached on Kotalawela’s land which overlooks the Kalpitiya lagoon on Saturday night.

“My two workers have been chased away by the ADS. What is the authority he has to chase away my workers? When I got the news about the encroachment I immediately sent my Attorney-at-Law, Charitha Gunaratne from Colombo to attend to it,” she said.

Attorney-at-Law, Charitha Gunaratne told this newspaper how Mendis was amongst the villagers on Kotalawela’s land when he visited the scene on Sunday morning.

“I got the Kalpitiya police to the scene and the police arrested 13 villagers who were in the land destroying the land demarcation. Mendis who was instrumental by MP Mayadunna fled the land before the police came. The 13 villagers who were arrested were produced before the Puttalam Magistrate and were granted bail with strict bail conditions- strictly prohibiting them from entering the property. I told the Magistrate that it was MP Mayadunna and his Secretary Mendis who were behind this move,” Gunaratne said.

When contacted ADS what action he has taken to prevent land grabbing in the area, he said that he requested the Survey’s Department to survey the land in question and was awaiting their report.

“There is no proof to prove that this is a private land. Hence I am expecting the Survey’s Department to send me a report whether this is a state or a private land,” the ADS S. Nandasena said.

When MP Chinthaka Mayadunna was contacted to find out why he is instigating villagers to grab lands, Mayadunna said that he had not given any such instruction nor has he ever engaged in any illegal activity.

“I am clueless about this incident. I don’t know anything about land grabbing at Kalpitiya,” he said.

OIC Kalpitiya IP Edirisinghe was not available for a comment.


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  • dinesh Wednesday, 28 February 2024 11:19 AM

    ohhh sri lanka and its politics.....same old same old...

    Kruger Thursday, 29 February 2024 11:16 AM

    Not a surprise. Same guy who is representing Putt lam District Cricket at SLC. Isn't he an ardent follower of the present SLC administration ?

    sam Wednesday, 28 February 2024 12:18 PM

    Which parliamentarian has not grabbed public property? Nothing new

    Mahila Thursday, 29 February 2024 05:10 AM

    One such famous Land Grabber and Plunderer of Coconuts got Killed recently in an accident!!?? All of them claim 'KNOW NOTHING' about illegal Land Grab in Land, publicly proclaimed as inhabited by "PUTTALAM BOORUWAS"!!?? Antics of these Boorowa’s’ Leaders are masked by the Police, DS, Kachcheri and the administration officers!!?? OPERATION CORRUPTION UNLIMITED - NEW POLITICIAN’S FAD – Replacing the Vote catching operation Rs 5000 (due to go up to 10,000 end 2024), ¼ Gal Arrack and Biriyani Lunch? Whither Sri Lanka?? PLUNDER FELLOW Sri Lankan OWNED PROPERTY AND MALICIOUSLY GIFT TO UNEDUCATED POOR RUALS and get voted into POWER!!!??

    Sandy Wednesday, 28 February 2024 12:30 PM

    Politicians will try to grab even oceans if it wasn't too large

    joshua Wednesday, 28 February 2024 12:59 PM

    These greedy SLPP fellows will gulp everything in their sight. Foolish and headless people can vote for these rogues

    Soon President will start giving out deeds to the land stolen from public Wednesday, 28 February 2024 01:28 PM

    Every time rogue Ranil gives away deeds to land for encroacher, he just encourages more wicked criminal behaviour. UNP is worse than SLPP in this regard. Theshabahu the new IGP will set his minons to chanse away all those who want to point out about the land thieves. Public not going for complete revolution is fault of culture, a culture of losing and forever being backwards and sore suffering, an essential tenant of those in Saffron robes. Country is failing more obviously now.

    Joe Wednesday, 28 February 2024 01:43 PM

    You don't even have to mention SLPP, it's auto assumed.

    Dhathupala Nakilinga Wednesday, 28 February 2024 04:10 PM

    When there is no patriotic honest leaders, like MaRa, GoRa, BaRa, RW, Pagapala, Kappam Thunga etc in a country such things cannot be avoided!

    UTHYAN Wednesday, 28 February 2024 11:59 PM

    THE PUTHALAM DISTRICT BELONGS TO TAMIL, MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY. SO WHAT.???

    Kandimal Palakotam Thursday, 29 February 2024 05:03 AM

    All SLPP people are thieves - no exceptions - from top to the bottom! They've destroyed the SL Economy, culture, Education, Law and Order and all jointly with Wal Ali!! Still there are some foxes and Gon Ali are going after them to grab some meatless bones!!


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