Jaffna security forces return 54 acres of land to owners

Today’s simple ceremony to release another land patch of 54 acres was organized jointly by Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, the District Secretariat for Jaffna and the SFHQ-J. Responding positively to the concerns of the public, Members of Parliament and local politicians in the Jaffna District, the Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna (SFHQ-J) today released 54 acres of land along the coastal belt in the Thaididi Grama Niladari Division, including the Myladi Fisheries Harbour that borders the Palaly Army Cantonment, to their legal owners.Accordingly, 187 families, who are still residing as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), either in relief centres or mostly with their next of kin, will be able to return to their original lands and resume their fishing livelihood after an absence of nearly 30 years. Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, Commander, Security Forces – Jaffna officially handed over the documents, related to the release of the land to the District Secretary in Jaffna, Nagalingam Vedanayaham. (Colombo Gazette) In April the SFHQ-J took a similar initiative and returned a land area of 35 acres to their owners in Urani, including the Urani Fisheries Harbour area that remained within the Security Forces in Palaly.