COLOMBO, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's military on Monday released part of land acquired in the north of the country during the war against Tamil Tiger rebels.
The army said that responding positively to the concerns of the public, the Army released one more land patch of 54 acres near the Palaly Army Cantonment in the north of the country to their legal owners.
Accordingly, 187 families, who are still residing as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), either in relief centres or with their next of kin will be able to return to their original lands and resume their livelihood after absence of nearly 30 years.
In April, the army returned a land area of 35 acres to their owners near Palaly, a key military camp in the north which also connects to the only airport in the area.
Sri Lanka defeated the Tamil Tigers who controlled most parts of the north in May 2009 and since then has released parts of land held by the army and the rebels.