The 12 feet wide road in question links Bandaranayake Mawatha in Eldeniya with Ranmuthugala village, bordering paddy fields.
This is despite the villagers having obtained an interim injunction from Mahara additional magistrate Thajuna Jayatunga, preventing any constructions on this stretch of road, according to reports reaching Sri Lanka Mirror.
Given below is the court order:
Is the attorney general above the law?
With the support of Alagiyawanne, his supporter Jayantha Premalal Kumara has violated this court order and sand mining has also taken place.
When villagers complained to police, they were told the attorney general has issued a letter permitting the sand mining.
Legal experts are perturbed over as to how the AG could issue a letter to the police to violate a court order.
How sand mining has taken place after the order:
Original owners of the land given by Premalal Kumar with Alagiyawanne’s supporters to construct a reservoir and a jogging park are farmers of Ranmuthugala village, who cultivated paddy during the Yala and Maha seasons.
Farmers threatened & land obtained under duress
The duo has gone to the homes of the farmers in the night, threatened them, and then taken them to the lawyers to transfer the ownership for a sum of Rs. 5,000 or so, reports say.
Previously a welder, Premalal Kumara is presently a driver at the airport, and uses luxury vehicles and lives a rich life.
Also a close friend of ex-minister Wimal Weerawansa, he has obtained the contracts for the mega fairs held by Weerawansa.
Alagiyanne’s hatred of Bandaranaikes
Deputy minister Alagiyawanne is against the Bandaranaikes and an ulterior motive of these illegal activities is to show to the Ranmuthugala villagers, who have been supporting the Bandaranikes, that the Bandarnaikes cannot do anything now.
President Maithripala Sirisena is unaware of any of these and is due to attend the opening of the jogging park on February 06, a villager said.
The Gampaha courts are hearing four cases in connection with this land, while the Mahara magistrate’s court is taking up another.
Original status of the road:
(the electricity posts on the left side of the road had been uprooted and erected on the other side of the road purportedly for development of the road, in order to seize the road)