Omanthai security post land returned to owners

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 11:17 GMT, Jan 18, 2017 |

Vavuniya District Secretary M.B.R. Pushpakumara said the land, along the A-9 road, on which the military had set up a security post in Omanthai, was officially returned to the original inhabitants yesterday after nearly 25 years.

He said the security check point was removed and the land was handed over to its original settlers by the Sri Lanka Army at a simple ceremony.

Pushpakumara revealed this during a press conference held at the Vavuniya District Secretariat yesterday. The Omanthai security post was built in 1992 over security fears, while it was used as a checkpoint since 22 March 2002.

The venue also gained significance through the media both locally and overseas due to vehicles of both locals and foreigners being checked there. The checkpoint had been closed since 29 August 2015.