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Police forcibly evict Muslim resettled families in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Monday, 1 November 2010 16:27 No Comment]

A team of Sri Lanka police personnel from Trincomalee police station Sunday morning forcibly evicted thirty-five resettled Muslim families in Ka’ndalkaadu in Ki’n’niyaay Divisional Secretariat (DS) division in Trincomalee district from their dwellings and burnt their temporary huts, directed by top civil authority in Trincomalee. The vegetable plots in the premises of the resettled families were also damaged by the police team, according to complaints by affected families to civil authority in Ki’n’niyaay, sources said.

About fifty members of these families are now temporarily sheltered in A’n’nal Nakar Al-Athan Muslim Viththiyaalayam and are looked after by the DS office.

These families were living in Ka’ndalkaadu before 1990 and were uprooted after 1990. They had been resettled on government instruction in Ki’n’niyaay.

On Wednesday, Ki’n’niyaay Assistant Divisional Secretary C .Krishnendran, along with the Ki’n'niyaay Police Officer-in-Charge went to Ka’ndalkaadu and inspected the resettlement process.

But on Sunday the team of police personnel sent from Trincomalee on the instruction of the top civil authority went to Ka’ndalkaadu and forcibly evicted the resettled families.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the affected families Monday met the Provincial Governor at his Trincomalee secretariat and complained.

The Governor is said to have told the delegation that he was not responsible for the incident.

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