SL Forest Department seizes permit lands of 600 Tamil families in Madu

[TamilNet, Saturday, 18 August 2018, 23:10 GMT]
The SL Forest Department has started to grab the lands of more than six hundred Eezham Tamil families, who have been residing in their permit lands for more than three decades in Madu Divisional Secretariat division of the district of Mannaar district. The grounds had been appropriately allocated to the families through Land Kachcheari forty and fifty years ago, and many of the families have seen their third generation in the residences located in the lands. However, the SL Forest Department, which comes under the direct rule of the occupying unitary state in Colombo, has systematically deployed Sinhala forest officers and field assistants from South to seize the lands of Eezham Tamils, say grassroots activists in the division.

The Divisional Secretary of Madu division is fully aware that these lands belong to the people. However, he is unable to help them as the Forest Department thoroughly disregards every rule, grassroots activists at Kugnchuk-ku'lam village told TamilNet.

The same type of land grab is also reported in the three neighbouring villages, Periya-mu'rippu, Thampanaik-ku'lam and Pa'n'na-vedduvaan.

Informed Tamil officials also confirmed the land grab and said there was no Gazette notification over-riding the lawful ownership of the lands provided to the people through Annual Permits and Land Development Ordinance (LDO) Permits.

The Sinhala Forest Department officers, when confronted by the people on the ground, claim that they have a particular instruction to seize the lands where trees are found above 3 meters in height.

However, no regulation states AP, or LDO permit-lands cannot have trees above 3 meters in height, the activists in Kugnchuk-ku'lam said.

Every family has its residence, a plot for agriculture adjoining the house as well as pockets of lands with shrubs and trees.

Many of the families are in possession of lands at the extent of one acre per family, lawfully provided through AP or LDO permits.

The Forest officers who attend the monthly Divisional Coordinating Committee meetings avoid direct responses to questions on the topic, a Tamil official commented.

The Divisional Secretary is responsible for protecting the lands provided to the people. When he is unable to stop the menace of the SL forest officers, there is no way out for them.

The Sinhala Forest Department officials frequenting the area put GPS-fitted borderstones without prior notice, encircling the residential and agricultural lands of the people.

These days, many people have chosen to stay at home without going to work to prevent the SL Forest Department guards from putting such borderstones around their premises, the Tamil villagers said.

The Sinhala officers and guards are operating with a particular anti-Tamil mindset. They have been trained to perceive the Tamil villagers as their enemies.

Related Articles:
17.08.18   Drought-stricken Tamil farmers in Vanni abandoned by authori..
06.08.18   Colombo wants to seize lands of Muslims near Mannaar Fort
28.07.18   Maithiripala ‘coordinates’ relentless land grab at massive-s..
16.07.18   SL Forest Department seizes agricultural lands of Eezham Tam..
20.05.18   SL Forest Dept, SL Police continue to harass Tamil dairy far..
09.05.18   Staggering 10% of lands in Mullaiththeevu militarised
12.04.18   SL Forest department blocks access to 300 acres of agricultu..
26.03.18   SL Forest Department seizes lands for future Sinhala colony ..


Latest 15 Reports
23.08.19 07:04  
SL Forest Department remains unmoved by uprooted Tamils’ demand for resettlement
22.08.19 06:50  
40 parents of missing persons die within 915 days of protest
21.08.19 18:17   Photo
‘Death certificates’ issued to 500 of 3,500 Tamils subjected to enforced disappearance in Ampaa'rai
20.08.19 20:23  
Wigneswaran warns of bleak future for Tamils, urges planning for next step
19.08.19 19:23   Photo
IC sheds crocodile tears over Shavendra appointment, US engages with his war-time chief
18.08.19 23:50   Photo
SL TID detains outspoken Tamil doctor at Pazhai hospital
17.08.19 23:08   Photo
SLA Jaffna commander refuses to release Palaali lands at meeting presided by Wickramasinghe
16.08.19 13:25   Photo
SL Archaeology Department resumes plans to construct controversial ‘chaitya’ at Koonith-theevu
15.08.19 21:39  
Wickramasinghe lacks courage to meet protesting Tamil mothers in North
14.08.19 23:31   Photo
2006 genocidal massacre at Chengchoalai campus marked in Vanni, Jaffna amidst PTA-threats
13.08.19 17:45   Photo
Tamil awareness urged on geopolitics-driven genocidal ‘development’ in Mannaar
12.08.19 20:04   Photo
Percival's 19th century Tamil proverb compilations collated and sorted in new publication
11.08.19 20:32   Photo
PTA-threats against constructing memorial arch for student victims of 2006 aerial massacre
10.08.19 22:49   Photo
Sinhala encroachers storm into 100 acres of lands at Kanneeraavi in Pulmoaddai
09.08.19 14:28  
SL Forest Department retains 8,034 hectares of pasturelands in Paduvaan-karai, Batticaloa
Find this article at: