Colombo's ‘State Land’ seizure to affect thousands in Vadamaraadchi East

[TamilNet, Sunday, 24 September 2017, 22:26 GMT]
Under the so-called expansion of Chu'ndik-ku'lam bird sanctuary at Vadamaraadchi East, Jaffna, the SL Wildlife Department is systematically choking Jaffna Peninsula and Vanni mainland. The expansion from 25,550 acres into 48,300 acres is set to affect more than one thousand families from Mu'l'liyaan, Poakka'ruppu, Keavil, Niththiyaaveddai and Va'n'naan-ku'lam and absorbes schools and churches. Sinhala guards belonging to SL Wildlife Department have stationed at the locality and are throwing GPS-fitted border stones while they ride in vehicle across the villages. The SL military has issued death threats to the people who have been protesting against the genocidal land grab on Thursday and Friday. Colombo has accelerated the seizure of lands with the aim of converting all non-residential lands in the North-East into ‘State Lands’ before coming up with the sham of constitutional changes.

Vadamaraadchi East land grab by Colombo
People protesting in front of Divisional Secretariat at Maruthangkea'ni on 21 September 2017


Vadamaraadchi East land grab by Colombo
Vadamaraadchi East land grab by Colombo
Border stones strawn across the residential villages by SL Wildlife Department in Vadamaraadchi East
Kaddaik-kaadu Roman Tamil Mixed School also comes under the area being seized by Colombo's Wildlife Department.

Tamils should also note that foreign Establishments backing the Colombo regime are also involved in deceiving Tamils not to oppose the so-called constitutional discourse, which is fundamentally opposed to the democratically mandated Tamil aspirations, Tamil activists in Jaffna commented.

While the lands of Eezham Tamils are being systematically seized, Colombo is also leasing coastal lands in Vadamaraadchi East to foreign commercial outfits to establish desalination plants alongside the controversial seawater desalination project initiated with funding from the Asian Development Bank, they said.

The private firm involved in desalination project was planning to sell water to Coca-Cola company, they said. The ADB-run project claims to supply potable water to residents in Jaffna. The people at Maruthangkea’ni, particularly fishermen, fearing detrimental outcomes to the fishing eco system have been protesting against these projects.

In the meantime, Tamil families are barred from entering the ‘bird sanctuary’ area. But, visitors from South are being accommodated into resorts operated by the Sinhala Navy. Encroaching Sinhala fishermen are also allowed to engage in fishing with the backing of the SL Navy.

The affected Tamil villagers took to the streets protesting in front of Maruthangkea'ni Divisional Secretariat on Thursday and at the village of Keavil on the following day.

SL military soldiers from Iyakkachchi SLA base, situated along the A9, came to the house of Mr Uthayaseelan, an activist involved in mobilising the villagers, and issued death threats against him on Thursday, the residents said. At the same time, Sinhala soldiers clad in civil clothes went from house to house warning the villagers against getting mobilized in the protests.

Colombo's blueprint for expansion of Chu'ndikku'lam Sanctuary
Colombo's blueprint for expansion of Chu'ndikku'lam Sanctuary into Natual Park [Map courtesy: Integrated Strategic Environmental Assessments (ISEA) - North]
Another map by SL Department of Wildlife Conservation, revealing the extent of Sinhalicisation
Another map by SL Department of Wildlife Conservation, revealing the extent of Sinhalicisation


Vadamaraadchi East land grab by Colombo
Vadamaraadchi East land grab by Colombo
Vadamaraadchi East land grab by Colombo


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