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While the occupying Sri Lankan military has been constructing hotels and resorts along the coastal strips of the occupied country of Eezham Tamils from Ampaa’rai to Puththa’lam for military run affairs, a systematic corporate programme of coastal land grab is being schemed by Colombo’s ministries under the direct supervision by SL presidential sibling Basil Rajapaksa, the minister of ‘Economic Development’ and Namal Rajapaksa, the son of SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa. The latest design is to choke Jaffna by turning the narrow strip of Chu’ndikku’lam sandbar, which links the peninsula with Vanni mainland, into a Sinhala colony with new resorts, prawn farming industry and state of the art houses to tolerate any disaster with the guarantee from the SL disaster management ministry with the backing of occupying SL military.
Denying access to Tamil fishermen who have been using the strip for seasonal fishing and refusing resettlement to the few Tamils who have been uprooted from Chu’ndikku’lam, the SL military is already housing Sinhala fishermen from South to engage in fishing along the coast.
Since the area has been already declared as bird sanctuary and extended into one of the largest ‘natural parks’ by the occupying Colombo through involving the SL ministry of wildlife resources conservation, the transformation is taking place with a low profile under a strict militarised environment, Tamil civil officials in Jaffna said.
Sandwiched between the resourceful Jaffna lagoon and the deep sea at a strategic location, the Chu’ndikku’lam sandbar is becoming a major hub Colombo’s Sinhalicisation, committing demographic genocide and corporate exploitation in the country of Eezham Tamils, the civil officials further said.
The Sri Lankan Government Agent of Jaffna Mr Sunthararam Arumainayakam and Maruthangkea’ni Divisional Secretary were invited to a workshop held at a military camp on 06 and 07 April. The workshop, exploring the possibilities of constructing disaster-managed houses on the strip, was organised by the SL ministries of disaster management and economic development. SL Minister Basil Rajapaksa was flown to the site in a Sri Lanka Air Force helicopter to attend the workshop and a series of meetings.
A military-built resort is already in operation between Keavil and Chu’ndik-ku’lam.
The new programme of corporate Sinhalicisation is targeting a 10 km long narrow strip.
The postmaster of Chu’ndikku’lam, who was uprooted from the area, is living in Point Pedro. He has been denied access to his residence at Chu’ndik-ku’lam. Likewise, Tamil fishermen from the nearby fishing villages are denied access to engage in seasonal fishing from their huts at the strip.
A recently schemed expansion of the ‘Natural Park’ will also be targeting Ki’linochchi and Mullaiththeevu districts, the Tamil civil officials in Ki’lnochchi said.
Constructing resorts and settling Sinhalese as workers at these ‘tourist’ facilities with the offer of housing and thriving business opportunities has been a tactic adopted by Colombo after the genocidal war in 2009.
Similar programmes are being carried out at Kaangkeasanthu’rai (KKS), Kaarai-nakar, Ooraaththu’rai, Neduntheevu in Jaffna district. Similar schemes have also been reported in Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampaa’rai districts in the East.
The so-called devolved powers of the 13th Amendment and the provincial council system backed by India and the Geneva process spearheaded by the USA which removed even the term de-militarisation from the resolution, have completely failed to address the structural genocide being committed on the nation of Eezham Tamils after the genocidal war in 2009, commented Tamil civil sources in Jaffna.
Building of new military camps and command centers, and forced, illegal acquisition of Tamil-owned lands, continue unabated in the Amapaa’rai district after the conclusion of the war in 2009, T. Kalaiyarasan, an elected member of the Eastern Province Municipal Council, said this week, commenting on the Colombo-directed policy of land-grab of ancestral land belonging to Tamils by Sri Lanka military, sources in the East said. Kalaiyarasan also noted that Colombo, while ignoring the plight of Tamil people affected by war, appeared to be pursuing with single-minded determination in stealing Tamil-owned lands in different districts of Tamil homeland, including the East.
Sri Lanka military has forcefully grabbed 50 acres of Tamil ancestral lands belonging to 43 Tamils in the Malvaththai radio broadcasting corporation in the Chammaan-thu’rai Piratheasa Chapai (PS) division, and have built large scale buildings, Kalaiyarasan pointed out.
“These lands were in possession of Tamil families for more than 30 years, and have been maintained by these families. The families have all the required legal documents and deeds attesting to their legal ownership. While there is already a expansive military camp close to the Malvaththai area, Colombo does not have any compelling need to build another military camp in the land grabbed from Tamils,” Kalaiyarasan said.
Kalaiyarasan also said that in Naavithan-ve’li Pirathreasa Chapai divsion the Sri Lanka military is making moves to grab 10 acres of land belonging to the Irrigation sector to expand and reinforce the existing military camp.
In 2012, new military installations have also been built in the Periya Neelaava’nai, Kalmunai, Kaa’rai-theevu, and Thirukkoayil PS divisions in Ampaa’rai district, Kalaiyarasan said.
“During the 1983 anti-Tamil pogroms, 183 acres of Tamil ancestral agricultural land in the Thoddaach-churukki-vaddai, and 197 acres of Tamil lands in Malaiyadi-veddai were forcefully acquired by a Buddhist Monk, and were distributed to Sinhala settlers for cultivation. Tamil owners in these villages possess the necessary legal deeds establishing their ownership,” Kalaiyarasan pointed out.
“When as the result of Tamil-owners filing legal action the Court issued orders directing that the illegally appropriated lands be given back to the legal owners, Colombo used the bogey of terrorism to block Tamils from cultivating their own lands. Currently while Colombo proclaims that peace has returned, Colombo has not taken any step to return the appropriated lands to the legal owners,” Kalaiyarasan added.
The occupying Sri Lankan military intelligence operatives have detained 3 Eezham Tamils from Batticaloa district in recent days. A couple and their kids living in Vavuniyaa were detained by the so-called Terrorist Investigation Division, interrogated at Vavuniyaa TID office and later transferred to Boossa detention in Colombo. The arrest was made in Vavuniyaa on 06 April. Both, the husband and wife were former LTTE members in Batticaloa who had left the movement before the defection of Karuna. They were arrested in Vavuniyaa where they were employed. Their three children have been handed over to the grand parents in Aayithiya-malai, news sources in Batticaloa said.
Those who detained in Vavuniyaa were identified as 41-year-old Loganathan Veerakuddi from Aayiththiya-malai and 30-year-old Maheswari Krishnapillai from Chanthi-ve’li.
A 36-year-old civilian, Ravichandran Krishnapillai, who was earlier arrested by the Sri Lankan military in 2001 and released in 2004 was again arrested in Chanthi-ve’li on 06 April.
All former LTTE members living in Kokkaddichchoalai were forced to attend a meeting by the SL military on 08 April.
“Do not accept the opinion of the Tamil Diaspora. The white people are trying to arm you through the Tamil diaspora to wage another war. Don’t succumb to their agenda,” was a message repeatedly delivered at the meeting by the paramilitary and military intelligence operatives, according to those who were forced to attend the meeting.
The occupying Sri Lankan military is waging a targeted campaign in Jaffna and Vanni to deceive and recruit Tamil youth between 18 and 22 years to substandard assignments within the genocidal military. The SL military has been collecting the lists of students who didn’t succeed in their GCE (O/L) exams and is engaged in a targeted campaign, promising driver and data-entry jobs for 30,000 rupees a month. At some places Tamil schoolteachers are being forced to ‘encourage’ the students to enlist themselves in the military. The SL military officers coming from Palaali military base have been allowed into schools in uniform to conduct propaganda meetings.
The Director of Jaffna Technical College situated at Kokkuvil, Mr Yogarajan, who has been a supporter of SL President Rajapaksa, has allowed the occupying SL military officers to visit the college during the classes and provide recruitment lectures to students. He is also compelling some students to join Colombo’s genocidal military.
The students’ union representatives at the Technical College have raised their voice against Mr Yogarajan, who lost in the recent elections representing the UPFA.
The village (GS) officers are also under pressure from the SL military to identify and enlist Tamil students.
Earlier, the SL military targeted Tamil women twice. The few enlisted Tamil women were taken on parade, provided military training against their will, kept in closed locations and allegedly exploited by the SL military.
The so-called Terrorist Investigation Division operatives targeted those who voiced against the ill treatment of Tamil women.
In the last drive only 45 Tamil women were enlisted in the false ‘reconciliation’ show.
Now, the SL military is looking for both boys and girls making them “dropouts” from the schools and colleges, a student representative from Jaffna Technical College told TamilNet Saturday.