The protest struggle of the people against the acquiring of peoples land for “Gotabhaya” Navy camp and the attempt to survey the said lands for acquiring the land was abandoned after the assurance from the Additional District Secretary, Mulaitheevu. It was announced that the Surveying will be held yesterday to permanently acquire 637 acre land of the people, on which the Navy camp SLNS Gotabhaya is located, for the navy.
Although several attempts had been already made to survey these lands all of them were beaten off by the strong protest from the people. Protesters blocked the Mulai – Paranthan Road at Vadduvagal Bridge and the traffic was stagnated at Vadduvagal Bridge. Following the written assurance of the Karaithuraipattu Divisional Secretary to the effect that surveying will be abandoned and the matter will be taken up in the District Coordinating Committee meeting on 26th.
Following this the people, after burning an effigy of the Good Governance Government and proceeded to the survey Department office in Mulaitheevu and expressed their opposition to the activity of the Department, before dispersing.
NPC Members, T.Ravikaran, M.K.Sivajilingam, the Leader of TNPF, Gajendrakumar, and the Secretary, Kajendran along with newly elected members of the LG Bodies participated in support of the people. It is notable that Riot squad had been called to the spot.