04 December 2019
Ten Tamil families are facing a new land-grab by the Sri Lankan navy in Punguduthivu.
According to a notice issued on November 22, the navy is to appropriate over 14 acres of land belonging to ten different owners in the coastal village of Vallan on the islet of Punguduthivu.
The land is being seized for the establishment of a base for the Sri Lanka navy ship Gotaimbara. The Sri Lankan navy already occupy large swathes of the islet.
Earlier this week Sri Lanka's new defence secretary stressed that military bases would not be removed from the North-East, despite ongoing calls from Tamils for demilitarisation and land return.
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