An attempt to grab 18 acre private land for 682 Brigade located in front of the Divisional Secretariat fizzled out due strong opposition from the people and political leaders. An action had been taken to grab lands owned by people for army use. Yesterday, the Survey Department officials had come to thespot to survey the said land as a precursor to acquiring them.
Following this the people and political leaders got together in vehemently opposing the move to survey the said area. The Puthukudiyirruppu Divisional Secretary, Pranavanathan who came to the spot after hearing about the protest, promissed to the people that he will contact the District Secretary and Minister of Defence and take appropriate action. People dispersed peacefully afte the Divisional Secretary’s promise.