The army had later chased away the farmers who had tried to go there and commence their cultivation activities in this area,” he said.
According to Ali, in certain areas, even sugar cultivating lands have been taken over from the Muslims several decades ago for the Hingurana sugar factory. However, when the sugar factory was later closed down, he said, even then these lands were not handed back to the original Muslim owners.
“When they went to court and obtained a court order stating that these lands should be handed back to the owners, even these court orders were not carried out. These are the problems faced by the Muslims. According to records, nearly 30,000 acres of land belonging to Muslims in the Ampara district alone are in question.
“The problem is that no one knows who is controlling the land issues, because even the GA has no say in these matters and everyone is silent on this issue,” he said.
Ali claims that it is evident that there is some hidden hand that is active in trying to somehow deprive the Muslim land owners of their lands, and they are doing it in numerous devious ways.
“Hence, what we want is a special Presidential Task Force to be set up to look into and resolve the land disputes of the Muslims,” he said.