Five suspects arrested for killing Dala Poottuwa

2017-12-01 10:05:15

Five persons who are suspected to have killed the Tusker 'Dala Poottuwa' were arrested last night by the Polpithigama police.  

Police said the suspects were arrested from Moragollagama area in Nikaweratiya following a tip off received by the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) in the Nikaweratiya and Ambanpola police areas.

Two tusk cutting saws, part of a hand saw, two pendants made up of ivory, one ivory talisman, part of an elephant tusk and organic ivory gemstone (Gaja Muthu) were found when the suspects were taken in to custody.

The suspects are to be produce before the Maho Magistrate today.

The Wildlife Department yesterday said the postmortem carried out on the elephant body found near the Sorow Wewa at Moragollagama had confirmed the body was that of Tusker Dala Poottuwa.

The postmortem had also revealed that the cause of death were gunshot injuries. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 26

  • Kumara Dharmarathne Friday, 1 December 2017 10:16

    If the suspects are proved to be the killers of Tusker Dalapoottuwa,they should be treated as Mass Murderers and punished through Court of law. They should be punished in such a way so that the killers of innocent wild animals must feel the heat.

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    Huna Friday, 1 December 2017 11:32

    Kidding right? They will be release on bail after two court hearings ,You know how justice system works in SL

    Reply : 3       31

    malik Friday, 1 December 2017 14:34

    Lets Hope they don't get bail as usual, To send a strong message for killing a national treasure, their houses should be demolished. Over night these killings will stop

    Reply : 1       27

    AM Friday, 1 December 2017 16:16

    Ha ha

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    Countryman Friday, 1 December 2017 16:56

    Yes, they must be given maximum punishment!

    Reply : 0       13

    Kamali Friday, 1 December 2017 10:27

    Can we introduce death sentence for killers of elephants

    Reply : 0       57

    Sharon Friday, 1 December 2017 12:17

    Fully agree

    Reply : 0       38

    Wise Donkey Friday, 1 December 2017 18:03

    After killing his own kind he is set free after few years to kill yet another and this is Sri Lanka

    Reply : 0       17

    Nissanka Friday, 1 December 2017 10:29

    Hope lightening will strike those who committed this heinous crime

    Reply : 0       38

    AM Friday, 1 December 2017 16:18

    Ha ha...they become popular then become politicians ha ha..

    Reply : 0       8

    Suren Sarathkumara Friday, 1 December 2017 10:29

    The whole country has one voice on this. Give maximum punishment to those who have committed this heinous crime. The tusker is a national heritage. They destroyed something belongs to our children.Amend laws if the punishments are inadequate.This should be considered a treason.

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    sg Friday, 1 December 2017 10:54

    Take this incident as a murder case because this animal was one of the national heritages therefore, Implement criminal procedure against this culprits and send them to life time prison.

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    Summa Friday, 1 December 2017 11:02

    Quote : " Body found near the 'SORROW' Wewa ". Name of the lake itself describes the deep distress felt by all Sri Lankans. They must be punished with RI. I hear many of them are government servants ! What a twin tragedy !!

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    anusha Friday, 1 December 2017 11:17

    May they be cursed for this horrible act. Also why such a highly vulnerable elephant with blindness and precious tusks and a history of attempted killing was let loose and unprotected is evidence of serious neglect by the authorities concerned. the whole tragedy reminds me of the famous poem "The whale,his bulwark" by Derek Walcott. So tragic!

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    Animal lovers Friday, 1 December 2017 11:18

    Mr President / Mr Minister It is unimaginable that these crimes are taking place in this country and other countries protect their national pride. The culprits should be shot dead for destroying national treasures and innocent animals. Our laws are ineffective and criminals had taken law into their hands. Please please do not let these crimes happen again.

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    ANTON Friday, 1 December 2017 12:41


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    Dee Friday, 1 December 2017 13:32

    The highest form of punishment should be given. Even those who ordered the Wigalawe Tusker to be moved and was killed in the process in 2010 should be arrested and punished in the same manner. But can't do cause of restraining order against trial and arresting .

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    nalin Friday, 1 December 2017 14:11

    These garbage should be made to suffer in prison for the rest of their lives.

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    S.P.RAMKUMAR Friday, 1 December 2017 14:58

    Really sad of this Elephant murder. We are loosing our humanity, We as nation must declare date of Killed this Elephant will be a National Elephant safety day, Dailymirror will have use it influence to Declare this Day

    Reply : 0       11

    sena Friday, 1 December 2017 15:31

    Only nature can deliver the appropriate justice for the wrongdoers.

    Reply : 1       8

    samjay Friday, 1 December 2017 15:45

    these inhuman activities cannot be stopped if these villains are not give the correct punishments. money greedy pufthas must be send to jail for 10 years with rigorous imprisonment as a precedent to others. whoever do any criminal act like this should be given very lengthy imprisonment, then only these Suckers learn a lesson not to kill animals at their will to become rich Buffalos

    Reply : 0       8

    ARP Friday, 1 December 2017 16:20

    Transfer this case to Jaffna courts. You have a judge there who could take decisions and deliver justice.

    Reply : 0       20

    bombili Friday, 1 December 2017 18:53

    They are only just poor henchman,Actual beneficiaries are at Diyawanna crooks bunglow.

    Reply : 1       3

    Jagath Leanage Friday, 1 December 2017 19:13

    If found guilty , they must sentence to death (maximum punishment).

    Reply : 0       3

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 1 December 2017 19:16

    Uproot their teeth live.

    Reply : 1       11

    Hautaum Friday, 1 December 2017 19:19

    victimized Giant animal for economic direction, anyhow having proud for the voices

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