Writing a letter to president Sirisena TNA leader R. Sampanthan has reminded him of his promise to release the land belongs to people of Keppapulavu. The letter says that “I discussed this matter with you and requested Your Excellency to ask the Army to release at the earliest, all Land at Keppapulavu including the block of 70 acres 2 roods, Your Excellency assured me that this would be done.”
The full text of the letter follows:
Image: People of Keppapulavu has been protesting for 150 days now.( Tamil Guardian photo)
20th July 2017
His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena
President Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
LAND AT KEPPAPULAVU MULLAITIVU, DISTRICT BELONGING TO DISPLACED TAMIL CIVILIANS
- the 1st block of Land in extent 243 Acres could be released immediately, that ;
- the 2nd block of Land in extent 189 Acres could be released within one month, that;
- the 3rd block of Land in extent 111 Acres could be released in around 6 months, and that;
- in regard to the 4th block of Land in extent 70 Acres 2 Roods, he faced some difficulties.
As Your Excellency is aware the displaced Tamil civilians have been demonstrating for over 141 days at the entrance to their army occupied territory, that their Lands be released so as to enable them to recommence residence, and resume their livelihood activities. Whatever activities have been carried out on the Land after the displacement of the Civilian population has been done without the Land being legally acquired.
These people have suffered for very long, both before and after the end of the War.
Member of Parliament
Leader of the Opposition
Copies to: (i) Hon Ranil Wickramsinghe,Prime Minister
(ii) Defence Secretary-Ministry of Defense
(iii) Gen.Krishantha De Silva
Former Army Commander, Presently Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Armed Forces.
(iv) Gen.Mahesh Senanayake, Army Commander,