Muslim ouster anniversary observed
OUR CORRESPONDENT COLOMBO— The 25th anniversary of the expulsion of Muslims from the Northern Province by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) is still remembered by the Muslim refugees now living in North West of Sri Lanka.. Meetings condemning the LTTE action are still conducted in the Eastern Province and other parts of the island.
In 1990 the Muslims in the Northern Province were chased out of the North. Ovr 100,000 Muslims were ordered by LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran to leave their region within 48 hours.
Following the downfall of LTTE in 2009 ex- President Mahinda Rajapakse opened the door for Muslims to return back to their ancestral homes.
The properties and business establishments were confisicated and were allowed to leave the North with the clothes and five hundred rupees to live in camps situated in the Puttalam mosque