A body of a tusker suspected to be ‘Dala Poottuwa’ (crossed tusks) had been recovered by the Special Task Force (STF) at Kahalla-Pallekele Sanctuary in Thabbowa this afternoon.
Speaking to Daily Mirror, Wildlife Conservation Department Deputy Director Manjula Amararathna said the tusker's body had been identified by the Department’s Veterinarians (who treated the animal before) as the Dala Poottuwa.
“However, a postmortem to be conducted tomorrow to determine whether it is the body of Dala Poottuwa,” he said.
In addition to the STF, five groups comprising wildlife officers and the police commenced search operation within the Galgamuwa range where the tusker was last spotted.
Two suspects aged 32 and 40 ,who are residents of Galgamuwa and Moragollagama, were earlier arrested by the Walana Anti-Corruption Unit last Thursday (23) with a pair of elephant tusks and ivory organic gemstones (Gaja Muthu). (By Darshana Sanjeewa and Hiran Priyankara)
malik Wednesday, 29 November 2017 22:23
where are the 2500yrs of cultural defenders? where are their protest?
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bana... Wednesday, 29 November 2017 22:43
have to say wt goes around comes around.we are real animals. via DM Android App
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Babu Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:22
Get a DNA test done. Surely, must be connected to a UNPer, but they are not Dala Puutu but ' P... Muuttu' these days
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ranmala Thursday, 30 November 2017 07:19
Find out who was behind the killing. Your guess is as good as mine
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Citizen Thursday, 30 November 2017 08:26
Unless the offenders are severely punished these heinous crimes will happen over and over again.
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Man Thursday, 30 November 2017 09:15
The tusker had been blind and under threat. Why the tusker had not been taken to a safe place like Ritigala or Pinnawala? No efficient officer at Wild Life Department. This approach must be adopted, on the remaining tuskers before any further disaster. Eg. The Anamaduwa tusker which was at Pinnawala, until it's natural death.
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