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Almost 5000 acres privately-owned land in Mullaitivu still under military occupation

Almost 5000 acres of privately-owned land in Mullaitivu still remains occupied by Sri Lankan military forces, the district secretariat has revealed.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan president has reportedly issued a deadline to release all privately-owned lands in the North-East by December 31.

Responding to a private right to information request, the Mullaitivu district secretariat calculated that a total of 4859 acres remained under occupation, compared to 2891.75 that had been released.

Of the five divisions of the district, Karaithuraipatru (Maritimepattu) remained the most heavily occupied with over 4000 acres of the total occupation falling in this division.

The calculations for the five divisions were:

 

Division

Total seized by tri-forces (acres)

Land released (acres)

Remaining (acres)

Karaithuraipatru

6809

2764

4045

Thunukkai

429.25

0.25

429

Oddusuddan

188

2

186

Puthukudiyiruppu

284.5

115.5

169

Manthai East

40

10

30

Total

7750.75

2891.75

4859