Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 12:54
A group who lost land stage a protest in Seetha-eliya-Video
The demonstration staged near Seetha-Eliya Kovil by the residents of the area this morning by blocking the Badulla – Nuwara Eliya main road has ended by now.
The demonstration ended after the Mayor of Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council Mahinda Dodampe-gamage assured to resolve the issues of the people.
The demonstrators accused the Department of Wildlife for pressurizing them to leave the lands in which they have settled down for several years.
When inquired by the Director General of the Department of Wildlife H.D. Ratnayake, he said that the area in question is a sensitive area which belongs to the Haggala forest reserve.
He added that due to this reason the area also belongs to the Department of Wildlife.
The Director General of the department further stated that a court order has been given regarding this problem
However, the Mayor of Nuwara Eliya Municipal council assured the demonstrators that he will facilitate an opportunity for them to discuss the matter with the President.