In another stage in the process of releasing civilians’ properties used by the Army, five Battalions withdrew from 23 houses in 51 Division area on Saturday (25).
Headquarters and company bases of 9th Sri Lanka National Guard (9SLNG), 23rd Gajaba Regiment (23 GR), 25th Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (25 VIR), 11th Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (11 SLSR) and 14thGemunu Watch (14 GW) were shifted to new camps handing back those houses to respective Divisional Secretaries in the presence of the owners.
General Officer Commanding 51 Division Brigadier Chula Abeynayake, Commander 511 Brigade Colonel Priyanka Fernando and Civil Affairs Officer 513 Brigade Lieutenant Colonel Sarath Amarasinghe handed over the documents with regard to release of the properties to Mr. S. Muralitharan, Mr. M. Pratheepan, Mr. Nantha Gopalan and Ms. S. Theivendran, Divisional Secretaries of Santhilppay, Thelippalai, Uduvil and Jaffna.
Process of releasing civilians’ properties in Jaffna was expedited on directives of the present Security Forces Commander (Jaffna) Major General Udaya Perera.
Army serving in Jaffna, continuing to shift its camps to government lands, handed over 50 houses and 22 plots of lands hitherto occupied by the troops to their legitimate owners Saturday (09) morning.
Headquarters 521 Brigade of Point Pedro (PPD) released 29 houses and 03 lands while Headquarters 7th Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (7 VIR) of Valvettithurai handed back 19 houses and 18 blocks of lands. Meanwhile, 2 more houses and 01 block of land used as a Company Headquarters at Sakkottai by the 7 VIR were also given to their owners during a brief function held at PPD Saturday morning.
Commander 521 Brigade Colonel Tikiri Dissanayake delivered the documents with regard to release of civilians’ property to Divisional Secretary PPD Mr. R.T. Jeyaseelan.
Assistant Divisional Secretary PPD Ms. Usha, Mayor PPD Mr. Ravindran, senior officers of Army and Police serving in the area, owners of released lands and houses and distinguished guests attended the occasion.
PPD jetty road so far remained within the former 521 Brigade Headquarters premises was also opened for public use during the ceremony.