Trichy police to help refugees dispose of properties in Sri Lanka

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As part of improving the living conditions of Sri Lankan Tamils in the refugee camp at Kottapattu here, the city police have formed a committee to help them dispose of their properties back on the island nation, Times of India (TOI) reported.

TOI further reports, “A committee has been constituted to identify their properties in Sri Lanka. Several of them claim they have lands in their native. The committee will be collating the details after which we will check the possibility of sending a team to Sri Lanka to dispose their properties,” Trichy city police commissioner A Arun told TOI on Thursday.

He said that the money realized through the sale of the properties through the power of attorney given to the committee could help the refugees here. Sources said that most of the refugees are not inclined to return back to their native. The initiative gained traction after the commissioner’s interaction with refugees in the camp on July 1.

DCP (law and order) R Sakthivel said that a 60ft dilapidated compound wall was replaced with the help of sponsors as it posed a threat to 1,400 refugees on the campus. The camp is in close proximity to the commissioner’s office. On request from refugees, surveillance cameras were also being installed on the campus.

Trichy city police also formed a police boys and girls club on the camp to provide the children with books and other study materials for their development.

A medical camp, free technical training camp and legal counselling for recovering the properties of in Sri Lanka were also organised in the last one month on the camp. The commissioner said that the police will take all necessary steps to address the grievances of refugees.

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