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“Regardless Baseless Allegations, Jaffna People Know How Army is Helping Them” – SF-J Commander

[2012-09-30 09:32:14]

“Sections 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 Saturday (29).

Attending 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.

“We 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 said.

The ceremonies 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.

General Officer 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.

Jeganathan's former house
Jeganathan's present house

Sudarshan's former house
Sudarshan's present house

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