Tiruchy: The family members of 82 Ex-servicemen who participated in World War II laid siege to the office of the deputy director Ex-servicemen Welfare here on Tuesday, protesting against the Karur district administration's communication asking them to return 355 acres of land given to them during 1947 by the Union Government then.
The agitators said parcels of land were given to 82 Ex-servicemen who took part in the World War II, at Neithalur colony in Karur district.
Families of those soldiers hailing from Tiruchy, Karur, Perambalur, and Pudukkottai districts had used those lands for cultivation purposes and also for constructing houses.
But, as per a Supreme Court directive, the Karur district administration has started retrieving the Government 'poromboke' lands and the water bodies which are now residential areas. They also asked the Ex-servicemen's families to return the land in order to retrieve the water body originally located on the sites allotted to them.
The protesters also presented a memorandum to the Ex-servicemen welfare officer seeking his intervention to prevent the Karur district administration's efforts to get back the land. The officer assured them that he will take up the matter with the Karur district administration and find an amicable settlement to the issue....