More than 133 acres released in Mullaithivu
A land area of 133.34 acres in Keppapilavu in the
Mullaithivu Maritimepattu Divisional Secretariat area was released
together with 28 newly-built or completely renovated houses and all
buildings to the civilian owners during a ceremony on Thursday (28th
According to Army media, Commander, Security Forces -
Mullaittivu (SF-MLT), Major General Dushyantha Rajaguru, symbolically
handed over the documents of land clearance to Additional Secretary to
the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Hindu
Affairs Mr B. Senthilnandan and Mullaithivu District Secretary, Ms R.
Kethishwaran during the ceremony.
Out of the 133.34 acres thus released, a portion of
111.05 acres in Keppapilavu were released to 68 land owners and 21.84
acres, belonging to 17 land owners in Seeniyamottai village area were
also handed over to them.
During the land acquisition by the Army, there were
only 8 buildings and a foundation in the location which had remained
unattended for years. The Army had renovated those buildings and
constructed 28 new permanent houses for those land-owners with their
consent, before releasing the 133.34 acres of land.
In addition to this land release, the Sri Lanka Army
has also handed back 55,510.58 acres of private and state land in Jaffna,
Kilinochchi, Mullaittivu, Mannar and Vavuniya in the Northern Province
as of 01st December (2017).
Religious dignitaries, senior military officers, state
officials and a large number of people were present at the land handing