The Sorry Plight of the People of Kepappulavu
V.Anandasangaree, the Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front has filed another open letter to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Srisena and this tie the letter deals with the plight of the displaced persons of Kepappulavu, located in the Mullaitivu district.
He has appealed in his letter to the Sri Lankan President to intervene on behalf of the People of Kepapulavu who are agitating for the release of their lands forcibly taken over by the Air Force several years back.
Anandasangaree wrote that the people in Kepapulavu are now in the third week of their campaign having undergone hardship, braving the most unfavorable weather conditions. “Their children and the elders are also suffering unnecessarily. I took the trouble to visit them one night and felt the pain myself.”
He underlined, “I am personally of the view that there is absolutely no need for the Government to withhold their lands, on which they had been living for a long time with their families and unnecessarily and unjustifiable deprived of their land, even 8 years after the end of the war. Whether one owns the land or state land alienated to them is immaterial. It may be even encroached land, but the fact that they lived on it is enough, with the Government having no right to claim it back. The matter that should now be determined is whether these lands were occupied by the claimant earlier and also whether the Government’s claim is justifiable.”
He posed a very pertinent question, “In all seriousness, I am asking you Your Excellency whether an Air Port is really necessary at that spot?”
The TULF Secretary General pointed out that there is one airport in Kilinochchi also. Do we need it? Jaffna and Vavunia could be reached in less than a hour by road.
He further added, If anybody justifies the need for airport in Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu, then there should be Air ports right round the Country at a distance of 20 to 30 K.m from each other.
“However much the Government side defends this, no right thinking person will agree to it. Above all when thousands of our people are left to starve, an Airport is too much of a luxury. “
The bottom-line is ‘Your Excellency’ you are acclaimed as a right thinking person internationally and surely you will not waste billions of poor people’s money on any unproductive activities when thousands of our people are starving and going begging on the streets.
- Asian Tribune -