Tamil-speaking residents of Arisi-moaddai in Pulmoaddai situated in the north of Trincomalee district confronted the occupying Sri Lankan Police on Tuesday blocking the surveying of lands that are being taken over for the construction of a Buddhist vihara. A 54-year-old civilian, Abubakkar has been admitted at hospital with injuries, news sources in Pulmoaddai said. Stating that 500 acres of lands were being taken over for archaeological research, the SL State is seizing lands from Muslims in Pulmoaddai for the construction of a Buddhist site.
Around 600 people, most of them Muslims from three villages protested against the land grab.
A similar attempt to survey lands was also blocked by the residents 10 days ago.