Tamil National Alliance MP Shanthi Sriskantharajah criticised the Sri Lankan government's attempt to launch new Sinhala residential villages in the Tamil North-East, stating it was part of a colonisation project.
The parliamentarian said two new residential villages have been opened up in the Mullaitivu district in the North-East, named Sampathnuvara and Isurupura. The villages were opened on April 11th by Sri Lanka's Minister of Housing, with a total of 24 houses unveiled.
“The Manalaaru area is an ancient settlement of the Tamil people,” said Ms Sriskantharajah.
“Under the guise of Mahavali Development Zone, land grabs are still happening here,” she added calling for a halt to further colonisation.
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