Last Updated : 29-08-2014 21:55

 

 
 

Army allegedly 'shoots' tusker

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The Army and the Wildlife Department have begun their respective investigations into the gun shots alleged to have been fired by army officers at the iconic tusker Gemunu at the Yala National Park, which is beyond the Army’s jurisdiction.

The 25-year-old Gemunu had reportedly approached an army truck in search of food on Sunday evening when some panic-stricken army officers had fired into the air to scare the elephant away.
 
Wildlife Department Director General H.D. Ratnayake said the elephant was earlier believed to have been injured in the firing but to the relief of all concerned the elephant was fortunate to have escaped without suffering any injuries at all.

“I sent out a team of wildlife officials to check whether the elephant had been harmed in any way. It was found unharmed and near Sithulpawwa and luckily doing fine,” Mr. Ratnayake said. (OJ)

 
 

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# Publik Abilik 2013-08-19 05:30
for the people who say "what about if Elephant killed army officer", I say "was the army officer sleeping not to see a massive Elephant sneak up on him?"
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-4+1 # tarzan 2013-08-19 16:33
if the army officer killed by elephant ???????
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# nishantha 2013-08-19 17:02
That is his bad luck then... nothing more than that....
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-2+3 # lankaputha 2013-08-19 19:09
Jungle belongs to animals. They have the right to live peacefully or protect their terrortoty.
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# kit udugama 2013-08-21 13:48
Army thought it was Weliweriya
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-0+3 # pissu double 2013-08-19 19:19
I am sure that no one, including the police and the army, or even the park wardens themselves, are allowed to carry firearms into a wild life park. So, how come they were armed? Were they escorting some big shot?
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-0+1 # Chaminda 2013-08-20 08:31
Bad luck ...will replace him with another Joker..
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-0+4 # raj 2013-08-20 09:50
An elephant will kill only if it feels threat to its life, in self defense. The Army officer should not have provoked the elephant.
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-2+1 # ANTON 2013-08-19 16:34
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR SECURITY FORCES ???
THEY KILL TEENAGERS, FRIENDS AND GIRL FRIENDS AND NOW ANIMALS.
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-1+5 # willows 2013-08-19 16:38
thank god the magnificent gentle giant is OK,
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# Asanka 2013-08-19 16:44
gud
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-1+2 # Amdon 2013-08-19 16:48
First Rathupaswala...now poor old Tusker's... Who's next??
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-0+1 # Punny Pellow 2013-08-20 08:19
The green elephants?
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-2+0 # sjs 2013-08-19 16:53
From wining a Great war, to disgrace upon disgrace..
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-0+2 # Sudu Boy 2013-08-19 16:56
Pointless news. Doesn't have anything substantial.
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-3+0 # Anura 2013-08-19 17:08
Lucky for elephant. What about human being. If an Army officer was killed. what would the wildlife dept say ?
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-0+3 # lankaputha 2013-08-19 19:10
Army officer had the choice to stay out of the wild safari, Jungle belongs to animals.
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-0+2 # Chinthaka 2013-08-19 20:00
No. They were given weapon and put inside the jungle to protect people.
The tusker has threatened people inside a civilian vehicle and army fire into air.
He has done his duty.
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-1+0 # raj 2013-08-20 09:52
How did get injured if fired into air?
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-0+1 # OMG 2013-08-19 17:28
When you see an army officer do just one thing: run as fast as you can.
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-2+0 # upul 2013-08-19 17:48
First tear gas, Then water spray thereafter fire.
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-1+0 # dias 2013-08-19 17:53
Shame on us.
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# R.R Rohan. 2013-08-19 18:10
the country has plenty of drug dealers, rapists, murder's and many more, why not shoot them, these animals are much more impotant to us.
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# Kiris Baba Amaray 2013-08-19 18:47
Nothing wrong indeed. So many precious poor lives had left us, killing or shooting an Elephant is no harm. Is the Elephant is important or a Mankind is important?
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# lankaputha 2013-08-19 19:10
Elephant inside a jungle, and man inside civilized area.
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# Mahinda 2013-08-19 18:54
Never Heard this type of news Before winning the War. Army Need Good officers like War Heros.Shame on Newly appointed Army Commender.
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-2+1 # saradiyal 2013-08-19 19:48
There weren't any civilians to shoot, as they usually do?
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# nalaka 2013-08-20 05:30
did I see a comment mighty ltte ohh please then why did they surrender
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# brian 2013-08-20 05:30
well said pissu double. why were they allowed into the park with weapons?
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# As It Is 2013-08-20 05:30
Is Sri Lanka being governed under Marshall Law, that army personal have to be in uniforms when they are not on duty? If they were ON DUTY, what were they doing inside Yala and with kith and kin? WHO GAVE ORDERS TO FIRE? Are the forces a law unto themselves?
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-1+0 # why not 2013-08-20 10:08
The Mighty LTTE kept these army quiet.
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# Hashhhsl 2013-08-20 13:07
If the army behaves like this the rest of the world who did not beleive LTTE will also beleive that they went on rampage and killed all the innocent civilions. What surprise me is defence secretary has not done anything to decipline army.
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# Calistus Jayatilleke 2013-08-20 13:13
These days the army seems to be on a shooting spree to keep themselves in combat mood : people in Rathupaswela , lovers in triangles and now animals in national parks.
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# Dee 2013-08-20 13:28
they should build firing ranges inside the camps so that they can keep their skills polished. this is becoming dangerous day by day. next time they be firing at birds and fish as well.
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