Some 54 acres of land, that had been occupied by the military, for over 30 years, was yesterday handed over to the original owners, Army Media sources said.
The land situated along the coastal belt......had been occupied by the Palali Army Cantonment for nearly three decades.
The land was handed over to the rightful owners following concerns raised by several parliamentarians, regional politicians and others, the sources added.
The move provided relief to some 187 families who were internally displaced and living in relief centres.
They were able to return to their original lands along the coastal belt of the Thaididi Grama Niladari Division including the Myliddy Fisheries Harbour and resume their livelihoods, the sources added.
In a previous move on 7 April the military handed over 35 acres of land to the original owners in Urani, including the fisheries harbour that had been occupied by the security forces in Palaly.
The handing over Ceremony was jointly organized by the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, District Secretariat for Jaffna and the Security Forces Headquarters (SFHQ) in Jaffna.
During the ceremony Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, Commander, Security Forces - Jaffna officially handed over the relevant documents relating to the release of the lands to the District Secretary for Jaffna, Nagalingam Vedanayaham.(Ceylon Today)