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Colonization of Sinhalese in Batticaloa district continues

[TamilNet, Saturday, 9 January 2010 12:02 No Comment]

“Government has taken action to settle 107 Sinhalese families in the traditional Tamil areas in Batticaloa district within the last three months,” P. Ariyanethiran, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Batticaloa parliamentarian, said in a report. He further said that a written complaint about the matter to President Mahinda Rajapakse had not produced any result.

“I had pointed out with evidence that huts had been constructed to house 170 Sinhalese families in Kevu’liyaamadu in Paddippazhai Division in the Development Integration meeting held in Batticaloa Secretariat on 7 December 2009,” Ariyanethiran said in the report.

“A committee headed by the GA was set up to remove the huts but so far they had not been removed. On the contrary, the colonization of Sinhalese in this area has been extended from Kevu’liyaamadu to Kachchakkodi Suvaami Malai with 230 Sinhalese families settled,” the report said.

“I understand that the Government Agent of Ampaa’rai district has issued land permits for some Sinhalese encroachers of government land in Kevu’liyaamadu. I request the related authorities to stop this colonization of Sinhalese in Tamil areas before the presidential election,” the report concluded.

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