Muralitharan's sister and a gang led by Karuna's paramilitary associate ‘Saththiyan’ have threatened to knife the landowners if they continued to engage in farming in the lands that have been illegally seized by Mr Muralitharan's family.
While the Agrarian Service Department at Kiraan has confirmed the ownership of the lands to its rightful landowners, Karuna paramilitary is making claims to the lands saying the lands constituted an LTTE-run farm in the past.
The landowners say they had allowed the LTTE to operate the farm in the past, as it was a community farming initiative that benefited the landowners and the larger society. That doesn't give a renegade commander any exclusive rights to claim it as his family property, they said.
The LTTE operated farm was at 115 acres and consisted of lands belonging to 32 families, civil sources in the division said. Karuna group is attempting to fence off 25 acres of these lands.
The landowners, affected by floods during monsoon rains, say they also want to convert a portion of the upper-lying farmlands for residential purposes.