Uprooted Tamils trying to resettle driven out by Sinhala men in Ampaa’rai

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 29 September 2010, 05:41 GMT]
With the withdrawal of the Special Task Force (STF) camp in Oo’ra’ni in Ampaa’rai district 30 August, the Tamil families uprooted in 1990 by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) which had begun to resettle in their own places have been driven away by Sinhala men, sources in Ampaa’rai said. The affected families blame the Chief Minister of Eastern Province, Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pillayan for allowing lands of Tamils being appropriated for Muslim and Sinhala families in the name of creating amity between ethnic communities in Eastern Province and ask as how he is going to stop the Sinhala men chasing them from their own places.

Around 25 Tamil families uprooted in 1990 from Oo’ra’ni being occupied by STF had sought refuge with relatives in the neighbouring villages of Akkaraipattu and Poththuvil.

Now, after 20 years their number has increased to hundreds of families.

These Tamil families have been driven away from their village when they went there and began cleaning their properties.

Meanwhile, Aaraiyampathi Social Development Organization (ASDO) in Batticaloa district alleged Sri Lanka Deputy Minister M. L. A. M Hisbulla of converting lands of the Tamils in Kaangkeayanoadai village into a Muslim village in the name of ‘The Village of Peace’ with funds from Iranian government.

The foundation stone has been laid for this purpose without the knowledge of the Local Government Body (LGB) of the area and it is said that Muslim families of Kaaththaankudi are to be settled in the village to be built, T. Mahendran, the Secretary of ASDO said.

 

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