Mullaitivu residents protested against landgrabs in Mullivaikkaal, forcing surveyors to turn back from the area.
Owners of 617 acres of land gazetted for appropriation by the Sri Lankan Navy who have vowed to fight the landgrab were joined in protest on Thursday by locals and politicians.
Protestors blocked the Vadduvakal bridge over the Nandikadal lagoon, preventing surveyors from beginning the official surveying process for the appropriation of the land. The A35 Paranthan-Mullaitivu Road was also blocked as a result.
The protestors only agreed to unblock the road when the Mullaitivu district's Assistant Government Agent informed them that the surveying would not take place that day and that he would take their land grievances to the appropriate authorities.
Police officers and intelligence personnel were seen photographing individual protestors.