The Chief Minister of the North East Province, C V Wigneswaran, has alleged that the Sri Lankan Government had not taken steps to retrieve the land, houses and other properties belonging to Tamils that were illegally occupied by Sinhalese during the ethnic crisis when thousands of Tamils fled the island nation, the Times of India reported.
According to the CM, Tamils who chose to live in Sri Lanka despite the ethnic crisis had been facing serious problems from the Sinhalese. He claimed that thousands of properties of Tamils had been encroached upon by Sinhalese as their owners had left behind everything and fled the country. He also accused the Lankan government of not taking efforts to facilitate repatriation of more than 10 lakh Tamils who had fled to various countries including India during the ethnic crisis.
“Utilising this opportunity, many Sinhalese have occupied properties of Tamils,” he said. He also stated that the Sri Lankan Government had also been causing a range of problems to the people in the North East province. At this juncture he clarified that he and the people from the North Eastern Province were in support of a unified Sri Lanka.