Govt. begins search for owners of 2,000 abandoned vehicles

By Franklin R. Satyapalan

The government has commenced processing applications, from the general public in the Mullaitivu district, to trace the rightful owners of over 2,000 vehicles that had been abandoned during the final stages of the war.

Mullaitivu Government Agent Nogalingam Vethanayakam said most of the vehicles had been abandoned by people fleeing the East and West Mullivaikkal and Ambalapokkanai areas as government forces advanced in May 2009 to liberate the North from the grip of Tiger terrorism.

He said that since certain area of the Mullaitivu district were yet to be completely de-mined, the assistance of the Security Forces Commander of the Mullaitivu district, Major General L. B R. Mark, had been sought to send the applicants in stages into the un-cleared areas to inspect and identify their vehicles.

Chief Accountant of the Mullaitivu District Secretariat A. Jeyakumar said that over 2,000 vehicles, of various categories were found abandoned and announcements were made calling on the general public to forward their applications.

"We requested all rightful owners to forward their applications along with copies of the police report, their NIC and documents relating to their vehicles, to reach the Mullaitivu district Secretariat. We have received around 1,100 applications so far," he said.

Motor Traffic Commissioner Lalith Dharmapriya had been requested to send a team of officials to carry out examinations on chassis numbers and registrations of the vehicles claimed, he said.

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