President petitioned to resettle IDPs in their own lands within HSZ


A petition signed by IDPs, urging the Government to resettle people in the Valikamam North High Security Zone (HSZ), in their lands, was handed over last Tuesday, to the Tellippalai Divisional Secretary (DS) and TNA MP Mavai Senathiraj, to be sent to the President.
Earlier Police stopped a protest march at Tellippalai while it was on its way to the DS office to hand over the petition. IDPs at the protest said an unidentified group had threatened people in welfare camps in Point Pedro from joining the protest.

Later, it was reported that a bus carrying returnees to the Point Pedro welfare camp, from the protest, came under waste-oil attack at Punnalakadduwan. Meanwhile, the Jaffna Magistrate reserved order for June 27, whether the ex-parte stay order on the protest organised by Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) was legally valid.

TNPF leader and former TNA MP Selvarasa Gajendran filed a motion in the court, challenging the ex-parte ‘Stay Order’ obtained by the Jaffna Police on Monday, against the protest scheduled to be held in front of the Jaffna Bus Stand.

Counsel K. Kuruparan told court that Police obtained the order on erroneous grounds.
He told court that the Police had obtained the ‘Stay Order’ under a section in the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) dealing with removing existing obstacles.

The police argued that they obtained the order in consideration of the safety of the protestors.
Some 12,000 families applied to resettle in the HSZ in Jaffna, which they left in 1990. Meanwhile, the Attorney General sought time till July 9, to be instructed as to why a fence had been erected within the HSZ in Tellippalai, in Valikaman North, in the Fundamental Rights petition filed by TNA parliamentarian Mavai Senadhirajah.

Deputy Solicitor General Shavendra Fernando told court he needed time to get instructions from DS Jaffna.
MP Senadhirajah complained to the Supreme Court that his rights were violated by the respondents, when the occupation of the house belonging to his wife in Kilanai, Kollankallady, was denied on the basis that it was allegedly located within the HSZ.

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