of Tamil Diaspora and some interested parties may cry over excess
of number of troops present in Jaffna. Those who are supposed
to represent the public are most of the time living in Colombo.
But Army has always been with the people of Jaffna. So they know
how Army is helping the needy people here”, Commander Security
Forces Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe said
addressing villagers of Atchuvely North and Atchelu Colony on
two functions to hand over two houses constructed by the Army
to their owners, Commander SF-J further told that Army is not
here to grab civilians’ property but for the protection of those
and to help peace-loving people.
have reduced the troops in large number and most of the civilians’
houses and lands occupied by the troops are being handed back
to their owners since the end of the war. Army has so far built
1778 permanent houses for the homeless in Jaffna. On my opinion,
the number of troops present is immaterial. What matters is the
community service they do for the improvement of Jaffna and its
people. We hope to hand over the remaining few houses back to
owners by the end of this year,” Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe further
had been organized by the 511 Brigade at Atchelu to hand over
the two houses, one to Mr. A. Jeganathan, a father of three at
Atchuvely North and the other to Mr. Devadas Sudarshan, a father
of four at Atchelu Colony. Soldiers of the 5th Battalion Sri Lanka
Light Infantry (5 SLLI) and the 3rd Battalion Vijayabahu Infantry
Regiment (3 VIR) constructed the houses worth of Rs. 300,000 each.
Commanding 51 Division Brigadier Chandana Gunawardane, Divisional
Secretary Kopay Mr. M. Pratheepan, Commander 511 Brigade Colonel
Wijendra Gunathilake, Commander 512 Brigade Colonel Ajith Pallawala,
Commander 3 VIR Lieutenant Colonel W.B. Panditha, Commander 5
SLLI Lieutenant Colonel G.A.L. Kithsiri and villagers were present
on the occasions.