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No release from militarisation: soldiers get involved at Keppapulavu temple

Sri Lankan soldiers were heavily involved in new year rites held by villagers at the newly released Keppapulavu Pillaiyaar temple.

Owners of recently released land at Keppapulavu and Seeniyamottai who were allowed to view their lands for the first time today held a service at the Pillaiyaar temple which had also just been released from occupation.

Soldiers from the Keppapulavu camp were heavily involved with the service, as well as engaging in surveillance of the landowners that were viewing their lands.

"We protested for almost a year for the army to leave our lands and our village, yet it seems they are still going to interfere in everything," one resident said.