Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), V. Anandasangaree last week expressed his concerns over fresh moves to acquire privately owned lands in the North and urged the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) withdraw its support to the government.
Residents of Mulliavaikkal last week protested when Navy personnel surveyed a section of lands belonging to private owners.
In a statement to the media, Anandasangaree said the decision to acquire 617 acres of private lands for the Navy in Mullivaikkal in Mullaitivu was very provocative.
However, Defence Secretary, Karunasena Hettiarachchi told the Nation that the surveying was carried out to identify the privately owned lands, which was within the navy camp. “We have temporarily stopped the surveying due to protests, but will do it later,” he said.
Anandasangaree meanwhile urged the TNA to take a firm stance on the issue. “I am surprised that although the TNA had gone out of its way and extended its full cooperation to the government, why should the government cause embarrassment to them?” Anadasangaree queried. He also said that it was time the TNA withdrew its support from the government. “This is an issue serious enough for the TNA to withdraw its support to the government,” he added.
Meanwhile, residents in Mulliavaikkal have said they would continue to protest until the government addresses their concerns. (AW)