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Livelihoods lost while military has land says NPC member

Northern Provincial Council member Thurairasa Ravikaran said Tamils in Mullaitivu have lost their livelihoods without access to their land, which remains under Sri Lankan military control.

The people of Mullaitivu have faced continuous difficulties in temporary settlements, despite Sri Lankan government claims that they were resettled 4 years ago, the Uthayan reported him as saying.

Without the release of their land for farming and plantations, the locals have lost their livelihood he added.

Speaking at a regional coordination meeting at the Karaithuraipatru regional secretariat office last month, Ravikaran went on to say that over 1000 acres of land had been seized by the military.


List of Sri Lankan military land grabs that Ravikaran detailed in the meeting below:

-    94 acres of land belonging 39 families in Aandaankulam.
-    26 acres of land belonging to 4 families in Thirukonampatti
-    5 acres of land belonging to 1 family in Vannisiyaar
-    18 acres of land belonging to 3 families in Vinnankam field.
-    124 acres of land belonging to 17 families in Aththangadavai
-    48 acres of land belonging to 9 families in Maruthadikulam field.
-    74 acres of land belonging to 14 families in Aalakulam.
-    143 acres of land belonging to 26 families in Saamipilakkandal
-    71 acres of land belonging to 8 families in Eerakkolunthan
-    48 acres of land belonging to 7 families in Padalaikallu village.
-    48 acres  of land belonging to 24 families in Niththakai kulam
-    276 acres of land belonging to 125 families in Puliyamunai
-    163 acres of land belonging to 36 families in Neeravi
-    15 acres of land in Ulaaththuveli
-    20 acres of land  in Neeravi field
-    10 acres of land in Vadduvan.

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