The Sunday Leader

Re-Settled People In Santhapuram Sent Back To Camps

  • TNA says army prevents IDPs returning home
  • Defence spokesperson says national security paramount

By Maryam Azwer

IDPs from the Santhapuram area in the Kilinochchi District who were asked to return home say they were not allowed to resettle in their previous homes, according to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, Suresh Premachandran.
Premachandran claims they were sent back to their transit camps by the army instead.
IDPs in Santhapuram told the TNA that they were ordered to return to their home by “the army commander in Mankulam.” Accordingly, they returned and set up temporary shelters.
However, three days later, on July 29, army personnel allegedly forced them out and took their belongings away in a tractor.
“The army went from house to house collecting belongings of the IDPs in a tractor and took it back to the camp. The tractor had been hidden in some bushes, but we managed to take some photographs,” says Premachandran, who was on a visit to the area with other TNA Parliamentarians that day. When
The Sunday Leader contacted Defence Spokesperson Keheliya Rambukwella regarding this, he stated that the authenticity of these allegations will have to be verified.
Last week, the TNA during a press conference, claimed that the government was militarizing areas in the North and preventing resettlement of IDPs in their original homes.
Responding to this claim, Rambukwella stated, “That is not true. We have taken the responsibility of resettling IDPs… (but) we will not compromise security measures.”

8 Comments for “Re-Settled People In Santhapuram Sent Back To Camps”

  1. Mossad

    TNA was(n is) the political propaganda mouth piece of LTTE, time for the military intelligence units to go after these losers ..

  2. N K Ratnam

    All the actions of the S/L government give one clear message to the Tamil people. There are not interested in reconciliation. This is the perfect recipe for the break up of this island. Thirty years of passive struggle by the Tamil leadership failed and gave rise to militancy. Another 30 years of bloodshed devestated the island. We do not seem to have learned anything from history. No amount of force will keep down people who want to be free. The Tamil people will not accept their ancestral lands stolen by the state and they will not rest until what is theirs is returned to them. Make no mistake.

  3. Saro

    IDP’s say they were sent back to the camps and the government spokesman who seldom utter any truth indirectly agrees by justifying Defence concerns. Gotabaya Rajapakse s paranoid about defence when there is no incidence of violence ever since LTTE was decimated. This man has no humanity left in him, the benefit of his doubt must be given to the battered civilians until anything untoward happens.

    • Jehan Usman

      Gota is not paranoid. he should be paranoid in fact if he is normal for what he is doing but he is too stupid to think that way. He is up to something. Government spoksman is totally confused and dont know if he is sitting or standing (well what you expect from him after all).

  4. MALIN Abeyatunge

    TNA is still trying to undermine the GoSL efforts to give a wrong picture to the LTTE supported Tamil Daispora and through them to the western world.

  5. MOHAMED ASFAR

    Jehan Usman, we are enjoying peace because of the war strategy of defence secretary . he is not stupid. i wish him all success and the whole nation is greatful to him and our dear president and the armed forces. you are an ungreatful person. shame on you jehan.

    • Jehan Usman

      Mohamed Asfar – If thats what your point of view let it be. Entire SL know that the war here is behind bars for no reason. So your ‘stratgic’ Gota and your ‘Dear President’ is so greatful (shows the greed and their class). Shame on people who blindly support this rulers for talking SL to disgrace and femine. Ministers are playing havoc but MR doesnt say a word and silently reaching his destination soundly. No Media freedom, Some have taken Law in their hands. This government, a couple of months ago boasted about IDP’s saying that only 5% are left in camps. What a joke? Have you visited those areas? do you know how those people are doing there day to day core.
      I have respect for MR for finishing off the war with the General of course. Just because of that I dont believe people will endose or keep silent for every blunder MR does. Mr Asfar – why dont you do a comparisan of our economy with other asian countries. Why do you need 900B defence budget if the war is over? Look at our present cabinet, how many capable ministers are there? one can easily evaluate where we heading towards.

  6. Jehan Usman

    Mohamed Asfar, Thats your point of view. Let it be. Entire SL know that the war here is behind bars for no reason. So your ‘stratgic’ Gota and your ‘Dear President’ is so greatful (shows the greed and their class). Shame on people who blindly support this rulers for talking SL to disgrace and femine. Ministers are playing havoc but MR doesnt say a word and silently reaching his destination soundly. No Media freedom, Some have taken Law in their hands. This government, a couple of months ago boasted about IDP’s saying that only 5% are left in camps. What a joke? Have you visited those areas? do you know how those people are doing there day to day core.
    I have respect for MR for finishing off the war with the General of course. Just because of that I dont believe people will endose or keep silent for every blunder MR does. Mr Asfar – why dont you do a comparisan of our economy with other asian countries. Why do you need 900B defence budget if the war is over? Look at our present cabinet, how many capable ministers are there? one can easily evaluate where we heading towards. More dramas will be staged – Wait and see!

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