SL Police resorts to violence in grabbing lands of Tamil fishers in Batticaloa North

[TamilNet, Thursday, 17 October 2019, 19:14 GMT]
The livelihood of thirty resettled Tamil fisher families have been severely affected as the occupying Sinhala police have dismantled their centre for marketing and exchanging the fish produce says T. Uthayakumar, the chairperson of Challith-theevu Fisher Association. Challith-theevu is located 66 km north of Batticaloa city and comes under the administrative division of Koa'ra'laip-pattu North (Vaakarai). The occupying SL military is also staging amusement activities for their visitors from the South, and the SL Police is accompanying them, causing cultural disharmony between the communities of the occupiers and the occupied.

The Tamil people in Challith-theevu were entirely displaced from their village in 2006 when the entire population in the then LTTE-controlled Vaakarai region were facing the genocidal onslaught.

After seizing the region, the occupying SL Army and Navy established a coastal cantonment in 2 acres of lands at Challith-theevu.

The Tamil people started to resettle in the locality in 2007, and the SL military began to relocate from the place slowly.

Tamil fishers resumed their fishing activities securing proper permission from the elected Divisional Council.

They also established a local centre for exchanging and marketing their catch. It is this centre that has been smashed by the SL Police last month. The SL Police wants to retain half an acre of land at the same locality.

Location of Challith-theevu in Panichchangkea'ni. [Satellite map courtesy: Google Earth]

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