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The Kollupitiya police today filed a charge sheet against the woman who was arrested on charges of having kept a cobra in a room at a Kollupitiya night club.

In the charge sheet filed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance, police said the suspect Nirosha Wimalaratne alias Dilani had acted to cause unnecessary pain or suffering to a cobra.

Police said she had committed a punishable offence under section 2 (1) (b) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance.

The police said the woman had prevented the cobra from continuing with its natural feeding pattern and thus hindered its growth.

 The charge sheet named ten people, including police officers and officials of the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens, as witnesses.

President’s Counsel Rienzie Arsakularatne with Wasantha Batagoda and Sudarshani Gunaratne appearing for the suspect informed Colombo Fort Magistrate that the defence would file preliminary objections to the charge sheet on the next hearing date.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne reserved judgment for December 6 on the request made for the release of the cobra to the woman.

The Kollupitiya police had arrested the woman on charges of having violated the provisions of Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance and the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animal Ordinance. They seized the cobra, which was in her possession and handed it over to the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens.(Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
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  • Shan Thursday, 15 November 2012 03:42 PM

    What about Cruelty to the humans? shooting, slitting, poisoning, starving, abortions etc? Criminals of these cruelties are at large.

    Saliya Wickremasuriy Thursday, 15 November 2012 03:59 PM

    She seems to have taken the best care of the cobra that was like her lover. In fact, if the police want to charge someone, it must be a snake-charmer. I don't mean snake-charmers must be charged. I'm talking about police action in comparative terms.

    pathi Friday, 16 November 2012 08:10 AM

    these are the evidane that sl police takeing revange...not working properly for the people...useless

    Fair N Square Thursday, 15 November 2012 04:13 PM

    lol forks or folks? kidding (^-^)

    RamUK Thursday, 15 November 2012 04:16 PM

    good point i think put in to a zoo is more cruel...

    mamath Thursday, 15 November 2012 04:21 PM

    bodhu bala Sena..jayawewa

    SK Saturday, 17 November 2012 05:27 AM

    Can u hold on to my cobra as well???

    Sanath Thursday, 15 November 2012 04:33 PM

    Does this law apply to small animals such as bugs, insects pests, rats that get killed in millions daily basis through agro chemicals.?

    S.D. Dharmasena Thursday, 15 November 2012 04:44 PM

    Take in to custody all gypsyies in this country and charge them with the same charges against them. What a funny Police Dept we are having. There are so many political thugs
    and notories culprits loitering in this country.
    God bless Sri Lanka

    perera Friday, 16 November 2012 09:03 AM

    what a circus. they coild not find anything to charge her with so they do this.
    is the AG i big fool like the rest of them

    charlie kokula Friday, 16 November 2012 09:26 AM

    I G P Turned P I G

    AAMS.HAMEED Friday, 16 November 2012 10:52 AM

    Why not Kelani Kudu Chandiya?

    richardson Saturday, 17 November 2012 10:03 AM

    What a lucky cobra !!!

    dev Thursday, 15 November 2012 01:15 PM

    Why waste the time of the court on these silly cases when there are so many offensive criminals wandering in society? O.o

    mofaruk Thursday, 15 November 2012 01:37 PM

    Good… Police and Politicians are dealing with animal cruelty. Would they treat the matter at least the same when it comes to Human Cruelty ?

    Shamini Amaratunga Thursday, 15 November 2012 01:41 PM

    This is corrupt, lawless Banana Republic. A minor employee who steal a few blank sheets could loose his job and end up in jail, but the Boss, a political stooge who robs 5 million can continue to do so and live happily, as long as the major share goes to the correct pocket,

    RamUK Thursday, 15 November 2012 01:41 PM

    also judge ordered the snake to put safe in Welikada prison..LOL

    Ken Thursday, 15 November 2012 01:43 PM

    Where are the real cobras who played with lady

    sav Friday, 16 November 2012 06:51 AM

    wht about all the snake charmers and gypsie who play with snakes and monkey's ? is that illegal too ?

    luqmaan Thursday, 15 November 2012 01:49 PM

    What a load of Rubbish
    In that case all the village forks should be locked up for killing snakes

    rumi Thursday, 15 November 2012 01:52 PM

    what about government prison killings? is this not cruelty.

    jayantha silva Thursday, 15 November 2012 02:02 PM

    What about the animals in politics ?

    Balurala Thursday, 15 November 2012 02:01 PM

    Let this be a lesson to all of you. Next time, kill it - no keeping.

    kingasanga Thursday, 15 November 2012 02:08 PM

    Please, Police do something sensible. Take advice from SL Army who's doing well above the DUTY which contribute lot to the mother land.

    risi Thursday, 15 November 2012 02:14 PM

    this is bullshit , human beings have been killed in this sick sri lankan island everyday no action being taken and crimes are on the rise in this sick sri lanka. now this poor woman is going to be charged.

    Dinithi Thursday, 15 November 2012 02:15 PM

    Charged wiith cruelity to cobra? Thanks the woman for not killing it. I do not know whether to cry or laugh.

    Thomas Thursday, 15 November 2012 02:20 PM

    Solve serious crimes committed daily by powerful elements. Leave alone these petty things. IGP, over to you.

    Sagara Thursday, 15 November 2012 02:20 PM

    How about the snake charmers, Bullock cart riders, using cows for plowing, all other pets in houses...even keeping elephants constantly in chains in ZOO and pinnawela....aren't these animal cruelty. if anybody can explain.


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