SL military stationed in 6,275 acres of public and private lands in Vaakarai, Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 18:33 GMT]
All the three armed forces and the police of the unitary State of genocidal Sri Lanka are still occupying 6,275 acres of lands in Koa'ra'laip-pattu North (Vaakarai), one of the 14 administrative divisions in Batticaloa district. Although eleven years have elapsed since the SL military seized the division from the control of the LTTE, Colombo is refusing to de-militarise the division, which is home to 7,517 Tamil families, who are mostly poverty-stricken. The people who are dependent on agriculture, fishing and forest-based activities as their livelihood are one of the most poverty-stricken sections in the entire district.

Vaakarai
The extent of SL militarisation in acres of lands
Except for one locality, Kaddu-mu'rivuk-ku'lam, where 10 acres was freed, SL military still occupying private (permit) lands and public lands, Tamil civil officials told TamilNet providing a sheet with details of the military-seized properties.

Vaakarai is located between Eachchilampattai of Trincomalee South and Koa'ra'laippattu South (Kiraan) in Batticaloa.

Sinhalicisation is targeting both the bordering divisions to the north and the south of Vaakarai.

On the west side, Vaakarai is having a long border with Welikanda division of North-Western Province where the overwhelming majority is Sinhala people.

233 Brigade is one of the three brigades of 23 Division of the occupying Sri Lanka Army, stationed in Batticaloa.

The commander of 233 Brigade has been refusing to admit that his main base is located in the private properties belonging to the poverty-stricken people.


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