A baby elephant was removed from a house at Kandalama in Dambulla this morning by the Dambulla police.
A permit issued in 2012 to a person named Viraj Roshan of Pannipitiiya to rear the baby elephant was produced by those held the calf.
They said the present owner of the calf was Jagath Premalal of Matugama and that he would produce the renewed permit.
Police said the suspects and the calf would be detained until the valid documents were produced. Suspects said the calf was five years old but the police believe it is older.
Police said the suspects and the calf would be handed over to the Wildlife Conservation Department for further action if the suspects failed to produce a valid permit. (Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa)
Comments - 6
Chryshan Thursday, 19 March 2015 03:35 PM
Previous govt provided Elephants as house hold pets their favorites. Some are badly treated with injuries.
Amarakoon Friday, 20 March 2015 10:26 PM
This is a National crime and should stop at any cost. Elephant population in SL is brink of extinction. Highly connected individuals to the previous government were involved in getting baby elephants from the wild and keeping them as pets.
indi Thursday, 19 March 2015 04:22 PM
Why not the Government offer a grace period for those who keep elephants to come forward.
Bala Thursday, 19 March 2015 04:24 PM
Should not there be a wider investigation of the whole situation caused by the Minister, Ministry
Lanka Putha Friday, 20 March 2015 01:01 AM
Is there is any elephats left in the jungle??What is wrong with is fellows? . May be it is a status symbole.
Lakshman Friday, 20 March 2015 01:16 AM
If it an offfence to keep a common parrot at home caged How come we need allow people to have elephants in homes.Cult in the recent past as hallmark of prestige was seen as possession Stolen assetsElephant calfAnd an actress as a mistresssCorect me if I am wrong pleaseCitizen of srilanka
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