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Occupying SLA hoodwinks resettlement of uprooted people in Champoor, Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 9 July 2013 07:53 No Comment]

The occupying Sri Lanka Army and the Trincomalee district Government Agent, who is also a retired Major General in the army, have been spreading false information via media regarding the resettlement of uprooted Tamil villagers from Champoor area in Trincomalee. Uprooted people are not resettled in their original villages in Champoor area. Some selected displaced who preferred to move out of the IDP camps due to personal reasons are settled in alternative sites that are not fit for habitation, according to reports emerging from the area.

53 families accepted resettlement at Seethana-ve’li area which was offered by the army as an alternate site, amid several shortcomings including water and other essential services. They preferred Seethana-ve’li because it is close to Santhoasha-puram, one of the villages they were living while being evacuated due to war. They were given 20 perches land per head and a small house. Only two wells are in the village for drinking purposes.

Acute malnutrition and hunger still prevail among uprooted Champoor families now staying in ‘welfare centres’ that are located at Kaddai-pa’richchaan, Ma’nat-cheanai, Ki’liveddi and Paddiththidal in the Moothoor East.

About 4,036 members of 263 families from Champoor uprooted six years ago due to SL military operation launched in 2006 are staying in these camps as the government had refused to allow them to resettle in their own villages in Champoor area. According to reports by civil groups that the stoppage of distribution of dry ration relief under the World Food Programme for the last six months has led to the tragic situation in welfare camps.

Male members staying in the camps go for daily manual work for their earning and sometimes they go for small scale fishing. But the income derived from these sources is not enough for their survival, according to a report of by a non-governmental organization.

The entire village of Champoor has been grabbed by Colombo in complicity with New Delhi for demographic changes in the country of Eezham Tamils and for structural genocidal purposes, according to Tamil sources.

In June, an Indian corporate, Gateway Industries signed a 4 billion dollar direct foreign investment deal with genocidal Colombo to create a special industrial zone for heavy industries in Trincomalee in the land grabbed earlier for the High Security Zone by the Sinhala military.

Residents of Champoor, in the Trincomalee District have filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition in the Supreme Court on 15 June 2012, challenging the demarcation of a Special Zone for Heavy Industries (SZHI) through Gazette Extraordinary No. 1758/26 issued on 17 May 2012, Colombo media reports said. 640 acres including residential plots belong to 208 families have been appropriated for the proposed construction of Coal Power Plant and about 818 acres have been appropriated under a Special Gazette Notification under the Special Economic Development Project. Ancestral lands belong to 774 families have been brought under the high security zone.

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