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Sri Lankan army building another vihara in occupied Tamil land

Valikamam North residents have been angered by the building of a Buddhist temple on privately owned land currently occupied by the Sri Lankan army.

The new shrine which Sri Lankan soldiers have been working on is located on a two-acre property in Thaiyiddy.

The property is part of the thousands of acres of Valikamam North still occupied by the Sri Lankan army, despite highly publicised releases of fractions of the area over the past four years.

Those that have not received their lands have been told indefinitely that they would be returned to them on future dates.

Although the Valikamam North divisional council have received several complaints regarding the vihara they have been unable to enforce any decisions with the Sri Lankan army, who still hold the region as a ‘High Security Zone’, over ten years after the end of the war.