The Sri Lanka Army has made arrangements to release over 51 acres of land and houses it occupied in Jaffna to their original owners.
Official documents, related to 51 acres of land and 7 houses from the areas Uduththurai, Mamunai, Championpattu, Pullopallai and 39 more houses in Santhilippay, Chankanai, Uduvil and Thelippalai were handed over to the Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development, Douglas Devananda symbolically who afterwards delivered them to respective Divisional Secretaries for necessary onward formalities.
Army troops moved to those areas for security reasons in the years 1995 during the Operation ‘Riviresa’ and 2009 as offensives were reaching a climax in the Wanni theatre. Most of these lands and houses are situated in the east of Vadamarachchi and Pachchalaipalai Divisional Secretariat area, says the Sri Lanka Army.
During the ceremony, special gift parcels, containing dry-rations and other essentials, each to the value of Rs 2,000/= were distributed among 75 low-income group families following an initiative, taken by General Officer Commanding, 55 Division.