Court orders Lahugala lands to be handed over to farmers after five-year long case

Court orders Lahugala lands to be handed over to farmers after five-year long case

Court orders Lahugala lands to be handed over to farmers after five-year long case

Written by Staff Writer

30 Mar, 2016 | 11:51 pm

The Pottuvil Magistrate on Wednesday, March 30, confirmed the right for those persons who had been reaping the benefits of the traditional farmlands in Panama, Ragamvala to once again enter the lands and engage in farming activities.

This area comes under the Lahugala Divisional Secretariat. This order was made after facts were taken up in Court over the court injunction order obtained by the Panama Police on the 27th, and the application filed by a Farmer from Ragamvala challenging the court order.

Today, it was confirmed in court that the Paanma Police had obtained this court order by presenting to court facts that are similar the ones presented by the Pottuvil Police in May 2009 when seven farmers were arrested and produced in court.

After the case filed by the Pottuvil Police was taken up for a period of 05 years, the case was closed with the release of the seven farmers in question. In addition the complainant, the Lahugala Police who claimed that the lands belong to the state and the witnesses, the Lahugala Divisional Secretary failed to prove their claims in court.

Thereby. it was decided that the lands in question belong to the farmers. The Chief Magistrate of Pottuvil and Additional District Judge M.I Wahabdeen instructed the farmers to operate in a manner that does no breach the peace and also warned the police to refrain from obstructing the farmers.

A farmer noted that the divisional secretary has handed over the lands to the Presidential Secretariat after they won the case which dragged for five years.

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