15 November, 2009 - Published 15:04 GMT

Sinhala families 'settled in Govt. lands'

A government official in eastern Sri Lanka has cautioned that settling Sinhala nationals in ancestral Tamil areas might disturb the relations between communities.

The BBC has seen a copy of the letter raising the alarm sent to the District Secretary by Pattipalai Divisional Secretary Vasugi Arulraja.

The letter was also copied to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian P Ariyanethran, who accused the government of continuing settling Sinhala nationals in Tamil lands in the east.

The MP says he personally complained to President Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding the issue.

"At least 170 people were settled in Keviliyamadu in Pattipalai Divisional Secretariat. The report says that some of these are permanent concrete buildings," he told BBC Sandeshaya.

The parliamentarian further said that the police have failed to take any action despite Sinhala and Tamil making official complaints about settlers in their home towns.

"The report also says that although the Divisional Secretary spoke to the head of Bakkiela police station, no action was taken."