The occupying Sinhala military of genocidal Sri Lanka is refusing to release the lands of 47 families in Koa’ra’laip-pattu North (Vaakarai) division, Tamil civil sources at the divisional secretariat said. The Sri Lankan military forced the uprooted Tamils to put their signatures in blank papers and seized the lands for the military base of 233 Brigade of the Sri Lankan Army in 2008. Now, the Sri Lankan military has put up a Buddhist stupa in the lands. The area is located 68 km north of Batticaloa city on Batticaloa-Trincomalee A15 Highway.
The uprooted Tamil families from the area came together and staged a protest demanding their lands back in 2015. But, the Sri Lankan military has not responded to their demands.
233 Brigade is one of the three brigades of 23 Division of the occupying Sri Lanka Army, which is stationed in Batticaloa.
The occupying Sinhala military stationed in Vaakarai is trying to carve out coastal access to Polonnaruwa district through Sinhala Buddhicisation of the area.
In the meantime, Sri Lankan Mahaweli Ministry, which comes under Sri Lankan President Maithiripala Sirisena is targeting to seize the border area of Batticaloa for Sinhala settlers from Polonnaruwa.
Sri Lankan President Sirisena, who hails from Polonnaruwa, is also the Commander-in-Chief of the occupying Sinhala military.