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Last updated: 09 September, 2011 - Published 11:19 GMT
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Over 40,000 yet to be resettled in HSZ
A deserted house in Jaffna (file photo by Upali Gajanayake)
42,505 people from 11,648 families are still to be resettled in high security zones in Jaffna, says Divisional Secretary

More than 11,000 families from High Security Zones (HTZ) are still to be resettled, the government revealed to Supreme Court.

The figures were presented to Supreme Court on Thursday in a document prepared by Jaffna Divisional Secretary (DS) when a Fundamental Rights petition was considered.

The petition by a group of Jaffna farmers was stating that they have lost their ancestral land due to the establishment of HSZ.

35,000 families resettled

According to the document, 42,505 people belonging to 11,648 families are still to be resettled in Chankanai, Chavakachcheri, Karaveddi, Kopai and Karainagar.

The DS statement say that there are 6928 families from Tellippalay still waiting to be resettled.

Jaffna Government Agent Emelda Sukumar last month told the Supreme Court that 111,199 people from 35,968 families earlier removed from HSZs in Jaffna have been recently resettled.

In May 2006, The Supreme Court ordered the government to initially resettle 7456 families in HSZs in Palaly after considering a petition by Jaffna district parliamentarian Mavai Senadhirajah and another displaced.

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