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Chavakachcheri residents confront soldiers illegally digging up local tourist spot

Residents of Chavakachcheri confronted Sri Lankan soldiers attempting to dig up grass and soil for their camp from the banks of a lagoon, in an area designated as a public leisure space.

The incident took place yesterday in Kovitkudiyiruppu, with angered locals demanding soldiers stop digging up the grasses and soil in an area designated as a public leisure and tourism spot by the Chavakachcheri Urban Council.

The village officer (Grama sevakar) was called to the incident and requested the soldiers to not dig the soil as this would disrupt the tree roots growing around.

The soldiers are reported to have left the scene after the village officer’s request.