Illegally held elephants found at polo event

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Wild Life officers took into their custody two elephants found without proper registration documents, as they raided an elephant polo event at the Oruwala Steel Cooperation grounds on Sunday, official said.

The department said following information that some elephants were being used to play elephant polo at the grounds, wild life officials raided the venue and found the two elephants which were tied to trees in the vicinity of the ground.

The elephant polo event, which was organized by a private company to cater to foreign tourists was held at the ground since morning.

Wild Life additional director (Western) W.A.D. Indrajith said one of the elephants was reportedly owned by former deputy Minister Chandana Kathriarachchi and Ali Roshan was the owner of the second elephant.

Meanwhile, former deputy minister Kathriarachchi said he had proper documents to prove ownership of the elephant. “I have taken this elephant from the Pinnawala elephant Orphanage after following a proper procedure and I have even a Gazette notification in this regard,” he said. (Gunawathi Ilangakoon Manike)
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  • Fair N Square Tuesday, 07 April 2015 06:25 AM

    So anyone who wants an Elephant can get it through the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage? How come docs are issued to these low life crooks? Who are the people in authority issuing these docs? for a price? Get deep into this malpractice... Arrest the deputy if he doesnt have the right paperwork, coz the Amnesty period has passed.. Deputy minister of Elephants who gave time for Gota and Namal must throw around his whip...

    Waco Tuesday, 07 April 2015 08:24 AM

    No legal action against any one? Hsnds may have been greased ?

    Bimal Tuesday, 07 April 2015 09:47 AM

    Please protect our elephants.

    chamendra Tuesday, 07 April 2015 09:49 AM

    I never knew you can buy elephants from the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage for private entertainment? It defeats the whole purpose?


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