Mr. R. A. Weerakoon, member of the Sihabadapattu Divisional Council, said that the people of the Muttuaran Sinhalese fishing village in Kokilai Colony, which is the only Sinhalese colony belonging to the Sihabadapattu Divisional Secretariat, feel helpless because they do not have land rights in their place of residence and they are being evicted from their current position. and Chairman of Kokilai Fishermen’s Society Rukmal Thushara Livera joined an online press conference with veteran journalist Mr. Chamuditha Samarawickrama and revealed various facts regarding this issue.
They state that the Divisional Secretary of the North Coastal Secretariat and the government officials are doing various acts of kindness by the Tamil National Organization. Established in the year 1933, none of the people living in this Kokilai Colony have been given a land right or license to the place where they live. means And that no diplomatic work will be done. They claim that after the end of the war in 2010, they asked for licenses for these lands, but so far no solution has been found.
They also claim that a previous colony was given annual licenses in 1978 when Mr. John Senaviratne was there and despite these licenses, they did not receive any concessions due to being Sinhalese. In order to grant the right to vote to both Austin Silva and Mary Margaret from this colony, the President of Kokilai Fishermen’s Society, Rukmal Thushara, went to the Election Commissioner to give them the right to vote. Mr. Rukmal Thushara also stated that an audit was done by the internal audit and arrangements were made to provide national ID cards.
And as they claim, they got the right to vote on the basis of sympathetic documents without legal rights.
They further state that Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority named Kokilai Colony as a special zone on 29th April 2017 with Mahaweli Special Gazette Notification No. 2331 of 1979. Also, two days after the granting of annual licenses by the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka, Mr. Samudran, Mr. Wigneswaran, TNA organization, Tamil National Organization and Diaz Pora protested to close the public institutions of Mullaitivu city and put up black flags to cancel the licenses given. And they reveal that the only intention of these organizations is to remove Kokilai Colony.
They are questioning the fact that the reason for doing such misdeeds is the only Sinhalese division in the North or the only Sinhalese minority people in the North.
Their last request is to call an investigation independently from the President and give a proper answer to this problem for the land rights and other rights of the people living in Kokilai, Nayali, Welioya regional colony without any political party color distinction. And they say that there is no need to stir up racism.
Watch the video below to know more details about the various misdeeds and misdeeds caused by the people of Muttuaran Sinhalese fishing village located in Kokilai Colony in Mullaitivu region because they are the only minorities in the north.