Armed forces have every right to acquire any land in the country
Posted on April 25th, 2013

Asada M Erpini

 It is time that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) accepts, whether the Tamil group likes it or not, that private lands have to be given over to the state if the latter considers it necessary.

 The report in the media on 25 April titled “Major Tamil party in Sri Lanka threatens continuous protest against land acquisition in North” confirms that that the members of the TNA, especially the TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, believe that the TNA should have one set of rules and is entitled to special privileges and concessions while the rest of Sri Lanka, which is comprised by nearly 75% Sinhalas, observes the laws of the land and abide by the government regulations.

 There are extensive army camps in many parts of the island: Panagoda, Pallekele, Anuradhapura, Diyatalawa are just a few of the well known locations. There are many others in places such as Getambe in Kandy, Nalanda, and other such places. If and when the lands needed by the armed forces were to be acquired, the owners had to vacate them. We do not hear the previous owners complaining about the acquisitions or planning continuous protests.

 The Mahaveli Development schemes are a classic example that shows that the State has the right to take over any land that it deems necessary. When the Victoria and Randenigala dams were being built, people who had been living in some of the most fertile and salubrious land in the hill country for thousands of years had to give up ownership of property inherited over many generations and move to Mahiyangana and other such places in the arid regions of Sri Lanka.

 If the government of Sri Lanka, or any of its security arms, considers it necessary to take over any land for whatever reason it deems appropriate, the protests by people of the calibre of TNA parliamentarians should just be ignored. The latter are yet to show that they love Sri Lanka as their mother country.




19 Responses to “Armed forces have every right to acquire any land in the country”

  1. Lorenzo Says:


    What right TNA has in SL? They better get back to Tamil Madu or else…

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    Some FOOLISH Endians want war with China!!!

    When BJP comes to power, Endia will End.

    “Jammu: Expressing serious concern over the Chinese incursion in Ladakh, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Thursday said the government should take military action against the neighbouring country.

    “China is posing serious threat to our national security and sovereignty. The government should take military action against it,” BJYM state chief Ravinder Raina told reporters during Yuva Adhikar Yatra at Sunderbani, 60 km from here.

    However, the Congress-led UPA has surrendered before China, he said. “UPA has totally surrendered before China and is not taking any action against it,” Raina said.

    The BJYM leader said it is the right time to show our military might to China.

    In a deep incursion, Chinese troops have entered the Indian territory in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in eastern Ladakh and erected a tented post.

    `India should take military action against China`

    A platoon-strength contingent of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) came 10 km inside the Indian territory in Burthe in DBO sector, which is at an altitude of about 17,000 feet, on the night of April 15 and established a tented post there, highly placed sources had said.

    A Chinese Army Platoon usually consists of around 50 men.”

    – zeenews

  3. sridaran Says:

    The LTTE terrorists waged an armed struggle against a Sovereign State of Sri Lanka. The army fought back – this is natural.

    Rohana Wijeweera started an armed struggle against the constitutional govt. of Sri Lanka. The Army fought back and eliminated this threat . Natural.

    China crosses the border and occupies Indian Territory . The Indians want their army to defend the border. According to Lorenzo – NOT NATURAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Strange Logic , isn’t it ???

    By the way, the TNA people are not welcome in India – they are citizens of Sri Lanka !!!

  4. S de Silva Says:

    Well said Asada, as always! – But what really matters is not what you and I say but what the GoSL FOMALLY tells TNA! If they do, the TNA will get the message. Will they? – I believe another reader of Lankaweb initiated legal action against TNA to have them banned until they comply with the SL Constitution which prohibits political parties having the stated aim of separation. Did the GoSL lend any support to that – No, NO, NO!. So Asada, there you have it. We can blame others as much as we like but unless we go ahead in a competent manner to put our own house in order first and deal with the many issues that confront us in a competent manner, I am afraid others will continue to steal the bread from our mouth! – S de Silva – London

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    Don’t the armed forces of India (or any other Democracy in the world), acquire necessary land for Security of country ?

    Isn’t the Security issues of Sri Lanka important to the TNA ?

  6. Fran Diaz Says:

    TNA Parliamentarians salaries paid by the Taxpayers of Lanka so that TNA can go against Sri Lanka Security issues ?
    Curious phenomenon, never found in any other Democracy in the entire world ….

  7. lingamAndy Says:

    Armed forces have every right to acquire any land in the country- No
    but you modayas Govt of Sri Lanka have every right to acquire any land in the country !!!
    Please ask your Sakkiliya Demilaya sakotharaya before you do any think as you have done it last 2500 years
    We Thamils always loyal to you as Finance Ministar Nandavarma to king Dhudukamu (Thudda Kaimunu) & present dat forein minister Kathirmamar !
    if you think you modayas not any more modayas than you will face problm like in UNHCR ( Saram get wet) !
    so end of story is We both cominity have to live together whether we like it or not !!!

  8. Fran Diaz Says:


    The Armed Forces are following the instructions of the GoSL. GoSL has to do what it has to do re Security, including acquiring Land. The People of Lanka have to put Security issues first.

    re GoSL asking for opinion/permission from the public re acquiring of land for Security : I am not sure what the Law says about it in Sri Lanka, but I can be fairly sure that the Law is on the side of GoSL to acquire land that is needed for Security purposes. It is certainly is the same Law re Security & Land Acquisition in other democracies all over the world.


    Sri Lanka has been lax in the past re guarding the coastline against illegal migrants. Our ancestors were far more realistic and vigilant. For this lapse, we blame the some 500 yrs of foreign rule.
    As Andy stated, airports (I would add and sea ports) are another area where illegal migrants enter the country. Granting citizenship in Sri Lanka : Laws must be made stringent and adhered to, with strong punishment for officials who break the Law.
    Those easy going days of the past era is gone forever.

  9. lingamAndy Says:

    Fran Diaz
    We go round and round again again again come back same spot !
    We both community live together last 2,500 years & We both community put all invaders out of mother lanka !
    our own present examble, We Tamils kicked out Indian so call IPKF with President Premadasa’s armys ( as he said abbey koddiya ) !!!

    So If We want to unite & live peace fully in mother lanka …. 13A to fully implement over night as Bandaranayaka passes Sinhala only ACT over night so it is possible by MR with 2/3 majority with TNA support , no one can touch us (UNHCR or indian or American )

    but shall we do it ? No

    so nnalai pirakkum saiva Thamil eelam , Jesus will back !
    soon Eelam war V (We need another 7th grade droped out for our VP possion ) !!!
    Ena Abbey Lanka !!!!!

  10. lingamAndy Says:

    The Armed Forces are following the instructions of the GoSL ! Wrong again !

    first of all I am not against this land buy for Armed forces !

    but you are doing in modayas way that is the problme !

    If armed forces want land the should require to GoSL than appropriat department should buy for them to follow correct procedure ( passing law , publishing gazatt, negoeting with land owner etc….)

    so this should be Tamil miniter job! ( I am not talking about another 7th grade dropped outs DD or Karuna ) !

    First find out proper Tamil minister ( VP kiiiled almost all of them any way) than give him this job he will complete with out any problm !!! ( eg: if people ask why you are buying land he would say for 2nd Mahinda Rajapaksa int airport !!!)

  11. Fran Diaz Says:


    Here is a press clip that answers your concerns re Land Acquisitions for Security purposes :

    “* Sri Lankan government to acquire High Security Zones land in Northern Province
    Sun, Feb 17, 2013, 11:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan government has decided to acquire the land that is now being used as High Security Zones permanently, a local Sinhala newspaper reported.

    The acquisition is to be done under the Land Acquisition Act and the newspaper reported that the Ministry of Defense had already made a request in this regard from the Ministry of Lands and Land Development.

    Reportedly, the government is to acquire an extent of over 2000 acres of land.

    As the first step of acquisition, a gazette notification will be issued earmarking the area as lands to be acquired by the government. An evaluation of the land will be carried out after that.

    Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe has reportedly verified the moves for the acquisition.

    The Lesson Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has recommended the government to review the existing High Security Zones, as well as small extents of private land currently utilized for security purposes, with a view to release more land while keeping national security needs in perspective.

    It recommended provision of alternate lands and or payment of compensation within a specific time frame if the government occupied lands cannot be released to the owners”.

    Re Jaffna elections, Tamil people would be better off if other ethnicities were allowed to settle in the North & East. Then they will have a wide selection of Sri Lankans to choose from. That would be real Democracy. It is up to the Northern Tamils to integrate into the rest of society in Lanka without bringing imported Caste paranoia from Tamil Nadu with a TN wish list.

    Please calm down and think rationally.

  12. Voice123 Says:

    “China crosses the border and occupies Indian Territory . The Indians want their army to defend the border. According to Lorenzo – NOT NATURAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Strange Logic , isn’t it ???”

    Sridaran, my dear Hindian, what border is India defending? Thats what your white British masters handed to high caste baboos, trecherous Indian army men and bureaucrats upon independence. That land rightfully belongs to the people of that part of China. Its what the British stole from them. India must give it back before you get taught a lesson. The Indian Federation is an illegal entity and doesnt represent the vast majority of Indians. You will learn this lesson in the years to come.

  13. Lorenzo Says:

    The problem is ENDIA. China is doing the right thing.


    Kashmir was handed to Endia by the British.

    SL has CLEAR boundaries. Our boundaries don’t expand to other countries unlike Endia. Endia agreed to give Kachaltivu to SL in 1970s but they still fish near it.

    No, TNA voters and leaders belong to Endia. They are NOT SL people. They speak a language spoken by 72 million Endians so they are Endian!!!

  14. Lorenzo Says:

    Endia has border disputes will ALL its neighbours. Everyone hates Endia and wishes to see it collapse.

    e.g. SL (Kachchativu), Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, etc.

    We should ALL get together with China and gang up on Endia and teach BULLY Endia a lesson to remember.

    “BEIJING: Although tightly controlled, the Chinese internet space is filling up with hundreds of accusations that India is playing foul by raking up a non-issue over an allegedly fake infiltration by the country’s army. Many users of Weibo, the Chinese Twitter, are demanding that their government “teach India a lesson”.

    “Indians fishing in troubled waters? Working hand-in-glove with Japan?” asked a Weibo user going by the tag Mafeijiutong. A large number of web users and an official expert on South Asia are suggesting that India is deliberately trying to damage China’s image at a time when Beijing is engaged in serious disputes with its sea neighbours including Japan. There are suggestions that India has joined a US conspiracy to raise the bogey of “Chinese military threat”.

    “It’s worth noting that China’s neighbouring countries, the Philippines, Japan, and Vietnam, are creating trouble and throwing up territorial issues. The speculation in India about Chinese army crossing the line is unwarranted at this point of time,” wrote Fu Xiaoqiang, a South Asia expert in the state-run China Contemporary International Relations Institute, in Huanqiu Shibao. “India should abandon the Cold War mentality, do more to help China-India relations,” Fu added. ”

  15. Lorenzo Says:

    According to Endians, 50 Chinese soldiers have put a tent.

    But Endians are wasting millions of dollars in moving a large army group, sending artillery howitzers, drones, etc. Fools will waste plenty of money on this non-issue which costs NOTHING to China!! Ultimately Endia will have less money for development (Endia has the most number of starving people than Ethiopia and Somalia combined), buy weapons, etc. Good strategy.

    Already 50% of Endian defence expenditure goes to occupy Kashmir!

  16. Voice123 Says:

    “serious disputes with its sea neighbours including Japan. There are suggestions that India has joined a US conspiracy to raise the bogey of “Chinese military threat”.”

    – that is correct Lorenzo. Its India’s habitual master/servant relationship with the West. But most Westerners are aware that Indians are unreliable servants. Google and read about the Cawnpore massacre of 1857 when Hindu and Muslim Indians conspired together and hacked to death 200 British women and children in their care, with butchers knives. Mind you the British were not much better the way the went around massacreing Indian civilians in revenge. These are the countries preaching human rights to Sri Lanka, China, etc!

  17. Voice123 Says:

    Kashmiris, Assamese, Goans, Sikhs are not Indian. They have their own culture and want to separate. Tamilians, like slaves, want to continue to be yoked to Hindia.

  18. Lorenzo Says:

    Now Endia is making total BS allegations. Earlier they said Chinese penetration is only 10km. Now they say 19km!! But they admit Chinese troops have NOT moved any forward since April 15 when this happened!

    Endian border is made of rubber!! Damn Endian border elastic.

    “Even though central government is trying to downplay the Chinese incursions in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, defence officials told a parliamentary panel on Friday that the intruding army has pitched tents 19 km deep inside the Indian territory.

    Even though central government is trying to downplay the Chinese incursions in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, defence officials told a parliamentary panel on Friday that the intruding army has pitched tents 19 km deep inside the Indian territory. The officials, however, hastened to add that there is no commonly delineated Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the two countries.”

  19. Lorenzo Says:

    Endia is a pain in the backside for ALL its neighbours.

    All of them should get together and HAMMER Endia to submission. We can put a seven-some to Endia from all sides. China has already penetrated Endia 19km!!

    Look at their disputes.

    1.1 People’s Republic of China
    1.1.1 Aksai Chin
    1.1.2 Disputed areas located between Aksai Chin and Nepal
    1.1.3 Trans-Karakoram Tract
    1.1.4 Arunachal Pradesh
    1.1.5 Depsang Plains

    1.2 Pakistan
    1.2.1 Siachen Glacier
    1.2.2 Saltoro Mountains
    1.2.3 Sir Creek

    1.3 Bangladesh
    1.3.1 Boraibari
    1.3.2 Indo-Bangladesh enclaves
    1.3.3 New Moore / South Talpatti

    1.4 Nepal
    1.4.1 Kalapani
    1.4.2 Susta

    1.5 Myanmar
    1.5.1 Narcondam Island

    1.6 Sri Lanka
    1.6.1 Kachchatheevu

    1.7 Kashmir
    1.7.1 Indian controlled Kashmir

    End Endia!

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