Colombo wants to legally militarise lands attached to ‘JOSSOP’ base in Vavuniyaa

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 June 2019, 22:22 GMT]
The occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka wants to permanently seize a large tract of land surrounding the notorious ‘JOSSOP’ camp in Vavuniyaa, which the SL military deployed as a torture chamber during the times of war. Although the official claim was about 16 acres of lands, the move aims to convert at least 250 acres of lands including higher-lying lands that belonged to 14 families. The unitary state mechanism is silently working to legally transfer these lands to the SL military at the absence of mobilised opposition by the uprooted and war-affected people, Tamil civil sources at Vavuniyaa District Secretariat said. The travellers to Vavuniyaa could see the extent of the military cantonment for almost one kilometre along the A9 highway, 2 km south of Vavuniyaa.

The SL military base was initially Joint Services Special Operations Command (JOSSOP) and was the operational headquarters of the SL military during the war. The JOSSOP camp later became known for its torture chamber and detention centre.

The SL military is also trying to legally transfer 18 acres lands belonging to eight families, 5 km north of Vavuniyaa town at Kokku-ve'lik-ku'lam (Peayaadi-koozhaang-ku'lam).

The occupying Colombo establishment has accelerated the move for ‘legal’ transfer of lands at the instructions of SL Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, who wants to prepare a document for submission to the UN Human Rights Council claiming that the SL military is no longer occupying the properties belonging to the civilians. The UNP minister recently visited Vavuniyaa to hurry up the move and held discussions with the Provincial Land Commissioner, military and police officers.

The SL authorities are now saying that they would be providing alternative lands or money to the owners of 34 acres.

The human rights council discourse in Geneva has only paved the way for such deceptive schemes on the ground, Tamil activists in Vavuniyaa said.

They also said the move was concealing the mass graves of those slain by the SL military in the notorious ‘JOSSOP’ base, which is locally known as ‘Joseph’ camp.

 

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