The people of Thennamaravadi, a centre point dividing ancient Homelands of Tamil people, located at the border of Trincomalee District had reported that the Archaeological Department has acquired a large piece of land in extent of 358 acre, on the incitation of Buddhist monks at Arisimalai.
On the 24th of last month, the Department had disseised lands from Panickavayal to Thennamaravadi, inclusive of paddy lands belonging to the Tamil people and planting boundary stones. When the Tamil people queried about this the Department Officials had said that area is being identified as an Archaeological site and separated on the request of the Buddhist monks or Arisimalai.
The boundary stones have been placed even in agricultural lands which had been already prepared for cultivation. Initial works have been carried out near starting line of Thennamaravadi village to construct a Buddhist Temple in the said 358 acre. Civil Security Force personnel also stand guard over this area.
It is notable that some historians say this Thennaimaravadi village is a settlement of Pandyan’s period and the name of the village was “ Thonnai Maran Vadi”. Maran is a traditional name belonging to the kings Pandyans period.