MP Selvam Addaikkalanathan has expressed concern about a further delay in the releasing of land demarcated by the Archaeology Department at Kurunthurmalai in Mullaitivu.


The land includes agricultural land being irrigated by Thannimurippu tank.

The TELO leader said he would speak to the president about the matter and try to get them released.

He was speaking to the media after an inspection visit to the area on 28 August by the landowners, state officials and area politicians.

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According to correspondents, there are plans to extend the archaeology reserve at Kurunthurmalai by hundreds of acres and also to build a Buddhist temple.

During the inspection, archeology officials showed a gazette notification issued in May 12, 1933 which allots 78 acres to the reserve, to which 229 acres added later after being found with artifacts.

Tamil farmers said their ancestors had been cultivating the area for more than 100 years.

An assistant director of archaeology R.G. Jayatilake asked them to submit their request in writing through the Wildlife Department.

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