‘Eastern Naval Area’ as defined by the occupying SL Navy [Image courtesy: navy.lk]
There are 13 so-called ‘Commissioned Navy Bases’ in the Eastern Naval Area of the SL Navy [Image courtesy: navy.lk]
The lands that belong to private owners have been illegally occupied since 2009 and there are crucial evidences still intact in the area, the people say.
Despite repeated complaints against the move to seize the lands for military purposes, the SL Land Ministry and Land Department officials have given green signal for the seizure, civil sources in Mullaiththeevu said.
In the meantime, SL Forest Department and Wildlife Department are planning to take over more lands in Vanni, the sources further said.
So far, the occupying SL Army has been concentrating on seizing strategic locations, fertile farmlands, industrial zones and settlement areas for Sinhala colonies. But, the SLA has also been demanding ‘Forest Lands’, the sources further said.
The SL Navy ‘Gotabaya’ camp was initially launched as a Naval Deployment (ND) in January 2011 and was later upgraded as a Commissioned Naval Base (CNB) with the title ‘Sri Lanka Naval Ship Gotabhaya’ in 2012.
The SL Navy has put up barbed-wire fences annexing the seized lands with SLNS Gotabhaya.
Several naval detachments connected to ‘Gotabhaya’ are functioning in areas subjected to demographic and structural genocide in Naayaa'ru and Kokku'laay areas of Karai-thu'raip-pattu division.
The ‘SLNS Gotabaya’ comes under the so-called Eastern Naval Area of the SL Navy Command, which has its central command at Trincomalee.
The ENA covers the longest eastern belt of the occupied country of Eezham Tamils, and consists of 13 Commissioned Naval Bases (CNBs). The ENA is the largest establishment within the SL Navy in the entire island.