In a sudden and swift move, Sri Lanka military occupying Jaffna has started demolishing hundreds of houses of Eezham Tamils in the stretch of land at Valikaamam that was occupied by the Sinhala military in the guise of ‘High Security Zone (HSZ)’ two decades back. The war is over, proclaims everyone, including the USA and India. The Tamil public righteously expected the return of their houses and ancestral properties if the war was over. There was propaganda that resettlement takes place stage by stage in the HSZ, which was also endorsed by all the Establishments in complicity. Then how, why, and with what authority vested with whom, the decision has been now taken to raze down the ancestral houses of Eezham Tamils in the so-called HSZ, ask the concerned people up-rooted for more than two decades and finally lost everything to the designs of the genocidal partners.
In a round-the-clock operation on a war footing, the Sinhala military has started razing down the houses of Tamils in 26 village divisions still coming under the so-called HSZ and it is now engaged in constructing high fences around the area, resembling borders between hostile countries.
In building the high fences the boundary of the HSZ is further advanced by 150 meters from the existing earthen bunds.
Most of the houses that are demolished in Colombo’s process of confirming forever the military occupation are spatial and ancestral properties owned by once-affluent Eezham Tamils of the fertile and commercially vibrant land of Valikaamam North.
The sudden and swift move originated from the SL Defence Establishment of the presidential sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and is executed by the occupying Sinhala military commander Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe of the ‘Asian Noble Laureate’ fame, informed circles said.
The fencing of the enclave and the board in Sinhala
Sometimes back the collaborating EPDP of Mr Douglas Devananda had ‘assured’ the IDPs of the so-called HSZ that it had managed to stop the demolition of the houses. But recently when it met the IDPs it couldn’t face the righteous rage of the affected people, whose ancestral houses had been razed down in the last few days.
The most crooked betrayal in telling the truth to the world on the HSZ matter has come from Australia’s Deputy Leader of Opposition and its shadow foreign minister, Ms Julie Bishop, news sources in Jaffna said.
Ms Bishop had the opportunity of visiting a temporary settlement of HSZ-IDPs at Koa’na-vil in Valikaamam, where in the presence of local media she was clearly told by the IDPs their sufferings and their determination that they wanted nothing but their own lands and property.
Returning to Australia, Ms Bishop told ABC Radio that she had seen or heard no evidence of persecution of Tamils. Occupying Sinhala military now razes down the homes of the HSZ-IDPs she had met.
The source of encouragement and impunity for Colombo’s every bit of genocidal activity comes from the visits of politico-diplomats of this genre, commented media sources that covered the visits of Ms. Bishop and UK’s FCO minister of state, Alistair Burt.
New Delhi’s rails to the North rusting in the enclave of Sri Lanka military
Meanwhile, the ultimate culprit or the ultimate flop on the Valikaamam HSZ matter is New Delhi, political observers in Jaffna commented.
The so-called HSZ that is now boldly carved into a permanent enclave for the occupying Sinhala military, which Gotabhaya has converted into a Lascarin military, includes the Kaankeasan-thu’rai (KKS) harbour and the Palaali airport.
New Delhi was telling recently that the railway project it had undertaken in the North would soon re-open the railway line up to KKS. New Delhi has brought down rails and other materials also for this purpose. Recently, New Delhi’s Consul General in Jaffna, Mr V. Mahalingam has also given some press statements in this regard that KKS Railway Station would be opened very soon.
But, the way the SL military has created a high-fenced enclave after razing down the homes of thousands, how is the railway line or the railway station is going to be materialised, wonder local people.
News sources visited the area found the rails and other material brought down by New Delhi getting rusted outside of the fences of the enclave.
Whether New Delhi is part of the game in creating the enclave by uprooting Eezham Tamils from one of their most prestigious traditional tract of land or whether New Delhi is being cheated out by an unpredictable Lascarin military the connections of which unfathomable, the political observers in Jaffna questioned.
Another set of New Delhi’s rusting equipment
The Veemankaamam Railway Station just next to KKS Railway Station and the former railway line in ruins in the Sinhala military enclave
The Sri Lankan military occupied High Security Zone (HSZ) along the northern coast of Jaffna peninsula, that evicted a large number of Tamil civilians from their homes for two decades now [Satellite image courtesy: Google Earth]