Sri Lankan minister of Industries and Trade, Rishard Badurdeen, a politician behind many controversies in Mannaar, has recently instructed the civil officials in Mannaar to divert the humanitarian aid from India, intended to war-affected fishermen in Mannaar, to his supporters in the district, according to reports from Mannaar fisheries sector sources. Mr Badurdeen has given a new list of 175 names as beneficiaries of the aid. The list prepared by Badurdeen includes only names of 12 Tamils, who are his supporters. Names of genuine fishermen are not included in his list.
A consignment of fishing boats, each worth about 600,000 rupees, fishing nets and outboard motor engines with 15 horsepower, which have been donated by India to be distributed among 200 fishermen in Mannaar.
About two hundred beneficiaries are recommended by more than forty Fisheries Co-operative Societies in the district and approved by the Indian High Commission in Colombo as beneficiaries of the aid.
However, these materials are stored in the office of the Musali DS office and District Fisheries Department office.
The SL minister functions as the top most colonial agent in Mannaar in implementing its colonial strategy of divide and rule, which had been stalemated by the Eezham Tamils armed struggle throughout the past three decades.
Recently, Rishard Badurdeen issued veiled threats, during a speech in SL parliament, against Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph, the Catholic Bishop of Mannaar, evoking strong protests from Catholics as well as Muslims in the district to humanitarian activists around the globe.
Badurdeen, who broke away from the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and joined the SLFP of Mahinda Rajapaksa, is behind creating ethnic tensions by disturbing the resettlement pattern not only in Mannaar, but also in the entire Vanni region, cooperating with the military governor of colonial Colombo in North, Maj Gen (retd) GA Chandrasiri, according to civil officials.
Several tractors from a consignment donated by the Government of India last year to farmers in Ki’linochchi and Mullaith-theevu had been diverted to Sinhala farmers in the Anuradhapura District.