The Northern Governor, Reginold Cooray said yesterday that he had requested the President to send the Army men stationed in private lands in Jaffna Town area and release the lands to the owners. During a Press Conference held at the Governor’s Office, he said this while answering questions of the Press relevant to release of private lands.
Army men stationed in private lands in Jaffna Town area could be sent into the Fort and the lands could be either handed over to the owners or if they are public lands they could be used for public purposes, he said. Thereafter the media men said that the Jaffna Fort is a tourist spot and it belongs to the Archaeological Department, and queried, how could Army be stationed there.
A flared up Governor aggressively answered that, during the rule of Portuguese, Dutch, and English, armies were stationed in the Fort. Tigers also occupied it. Where was the Archaeological Department then? Nobody raised questions then. Why questions are raised now?, he asked. When asked about the Archaeological Department acquiring private lands in Vanni, he said that he is not aware of such instances.