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An organised group has cleared a vast area of more than 50 acres in the Somawathie National Park in Polonnaruwa, causing extensive environmental damage.

A senior official of the forest Conservation Department said they carried out a raid with the help of a Police team to arrest the individuals concerned, but the suspects had fled from the scene.

During the raid Police seized a bulldozer used by the suspects. (K.G. Karunaratne)

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  • Heman Tuesday, 19 October 2010 07:57 AM

    This been done by well organized team directed by head of Security in the country. The Nation is belong their family. Kings Family

    Dinitha Tuesday, 19 October 2010 02:01 PM

    Where is the police environmental division?????

    sangaralingham Tuesday, 19 October 2010 05:00 PM

    are there iresponsible living humans destroying the nature. build plant trees protect the environment

    sw Tuesday, 19 October 2010 09:36 AM

    If it goes on like this National Parks will soon be history.

    citizen1 Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:46 PM

    The bulldozer is the prefered method of demolition these days... wonder who is behind this???

    lishan Tuesday, 19 October 2010 09:42 AM

    ko mage comment eka?

    knight Rider Tuesday, 19 October 2010 09:56 AM

    after all that damage done, the police only manage chase the wanted men, what kind of a raid is this ? a

    scrap_metal Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:18 AM

    arrest these rouges first !!!!! I'm sure the police is also behind this..

    krishh Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:43 AM

    country of "HOOLIGANS" wonder of what?.........................................................

    TERRENCE B. DE SILVA Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:45 AM

    "AND WHY NOT SINCE: " WE HAVE A GOVT. OF THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE." PLUS "API OKKOMA RAJAWARU...EPATAT APEY THAMMAI MEY PATAT APEY THAMMAI APEY RAJAY."

    dil Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:48 AM

    were the authorities snoring? this is pathetic! this would aggravate the Human elephant conflict further!

    ajith Wednesday, 20 October 2010 02:11 AM

    How did they manage to get the bulldozer in in the first place without arousing the attention of the park authorities.

    immysl Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:49 AM

    Small incidents such as this happen on a daily basis around the world. It's just 50 acres in this incident, but imagine how much it would be around the world in a year? Our future generations are going to suffer very badly. They might not even get the chance to a see just "one" tree. Who knows!

    Jeevan Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:51 AM

    Sooner or later, these political thugs will definitely bulldoze the entire Nation by using the name of PRABHAKARAN. Let us wailt and see.....

    Madey Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:52 AM

    Where is Wimal Weerawansa?

    Yashoda Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:54 AM

    what's our country's Environment In charge doing...
    Champika is planning for nuclear power generation
    Don't he think preserving forest is must and it's his duty...?

    I think you are using your specs only to see future...?
    what about current environment?
    If you forget short term and think only on long term you'll be noware at the end of the day...

    lankaputha Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:55 AM

    will recieve an order from higher post to release it. Police will Polish the Buldozer and release it

    Sri Lankan Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:56 AM

    WHY is our Environment Authority so weak in looking after our cultural sites - Easy fleeing of corrupt individuals is a NORM. Why not use helicopter guidance to facilitate the arrest instead of using the copters to transport corrupt officials.
    If this is not stopped - we will end up with deserts very soon...

    Tm Abay Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:56 AM

    First its Wilpattu. Now it's Smawathie

    Nikan-Awa Tuesday, 19 October 2010 07:01 AM

    Clearing 50 acres would have taken a few weeks. What were the forestry officials, the police, and the host of other departments whose jurisdictions would have covered activities in the national park, doing all that time? Did the situation slip through some key individuals well-oiled palms? Is there some higher power who has the integrity to get to the bottom of this?


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