Sri Lankan Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister and EPDP paramilitary group leader Douglas Devananda has been accused of unlawful occupation at Sridhar Cinema at 45, Stanley Road, Jaffna since 1996 which belongs to R. Mahendraraviraj. Sridhar Cinema, which was one of the leading cinema halls in Jaffna had to shut down in 1991 during the height of the war and was later used by a private firm as its stores.
â€œOnce this private company vacated my building, I deployed a few security guards to look after my property since I was residing in England. It was then that Devananda occupied the building after chasing away my security guards at gun point. Since then I have been deprived of any access to my paternal property,â€ said Mahendraraviraj.
According to him, Devananda is neither paying him a rent nor is willing to vacate the premises for him to start the cinema hall once again.