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Protest against land-grab for relocation of police dept notorious for abuses

A demonstration was held in Jaffna against a planned land-grab to relocate a police department notorious for human rights violations.

The protest outside Uduvil district secretariat on Monday condemned attempts to relocate Chunnakam police station to privately-owned land in a residential neighbourhood.

Locals said they did not want Chunnakam police, who have a record of torture and murder, in their midst.

With the police department required to vacate its current premises on private land on the Chunnakam – Punnalaikattuvan road, the Sri Lankan government has been seeking a replacement property for the station.

It had initially been decided that the police department would relocate to a state-owned land on the same road, opposite the local veterinary surgery.

However Chunnakam police refused the suggestion, claiming that the land was incompatible with the department’s needs, identifying instead a property close to the KKS road, belonging to a member of the Tamil diaspora.

Action was then commenced to seize the land and hand it over to Chunnakam police.

Protesters against the move condemned the land-grab of private land and stressed that the Chunnakam police station should not be built in their neighbourhood.

A petition outlining their concerns was also handed over to the Uduvil divisional secretariat.