A sand-mining mafia is destroying the paddy fields and the entire environment at Akkarayan village in Kilinochch district. According to reports reaching us, the racketeers are mainly those who are connected a rural development society, and they earn between Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 30,000 a day, by this racket which destroys the natural resources in the area. The biggest question here is the silence of the police and the armed forces in the face of this destruction.
Akkarayan police received a complaint yesterday against the sand mining racket. Recording the complaint was delayed, as the OIC was said to be busy for two days, making arrangements for the Vesak festival to be held in Kilinochchi.
We question as to whether those who mine the sand at Akkarayan have any legal backing. We know that they do not have any sand-mining permit. This clearly is an illegal activity. So, why do the police and the military fail to intervene to stop it? This racket had been going on for some time now.
In addition to the Akkarayan police station, three military camps are located within 3.5 km, six km and 10 km distances of each other. Think for a while. Such a racket is going on in an area with such a high level of security. If the police and the military cannot catch these racketeers, how can they catch terrorists? Is this the service they render to the people, who pay for their salaries and maintenance through paying taxes?
On this day of Vesak that marks the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Lord Buddha, who had highly valued the environment, what do the authorities in this Sinhala Buddhist country have to say about the destruction at Akkarayan?
By a special correspondent