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STF Long Range Unit to be established against deforestation


13 February 2021 12:32 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


It has been proposed to establish a Long Range Unit of the Police Special Task Force (STF) to assist wildlife and forest conservation officers to take immediate action against deforestation.

Minister C.B. Ratnayake, IGP C. D. Wickramaratne and STF Commandant Senior DIG Waruna Jayasundara held a discussion in this regard.

Meanwhile, Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said, a meeting was held in order to discuss matter related to deforestation, but final decision was not taken as of yet over establishing the new unit.

It was reported that during the meeting it was decided to inform all Police stations about forest conservation and wildlife zones and sanctuaries in the respective police divisions and to establish wildlife and forest conservation committees in each district.

  Comments - 8

  • Dee Saturday, 13 February 2021 05:44 PM

    Wow. It will be like an inter house meet!

    Jeeves Saturday, 13 February 2021 05:55 PM

    Whoever or whatever they are, they should not be intimidated by politicians, businessmen, and organisations!

    Dolly Saturday, 13 February 2021 06:53 PM

    This is good if it’s implemented in proper manner to save whatever is left in our forests. D

    RP Saturday, 13 February 2021 10:06 PM

    Well, anything that prevent deforestation is welcome. In my opinion, President should oversee this Long Range STF tasks or get their reports directly. Time is running out. Sinharaja is being raped, Sigiriya land grabbings at full throttle, Thalangama and Knuckles Mountain Range facing road constructions.... Finally, our country owes big time to Devanee Jayathilaka, Gampaha Division Assistant Conservator of Forests for saving the last and only remaining Sri Lanka Legume tree from felling by the developers!

    Buddhist Saturday, 13 February 2021 11:16 PM

    Again military in civilian activity. When is SL going to learn, especially when UNHRC resolution is hanging over the head.

    Waco Sunday, 14 February 2021 05:23 AM

    Because of Military only, today there is a country for Sri Lankans.

    K.L Pathirana Sunday, 14 February 2021 07:43 AM

    We can call STF, MTF, ATF or even just plain STAFF of the wildlife. As long as the laws are allowed to be broken and there are no mechanisms to ensure and support these Police forces at the highest levels, this will become a another drama. Sri Lanka is known as a lawless paradise.

    AB Sunday, 14 February 2021 12:24 PM

    Hope Gota won't fail now, we do not expect to hear any kind of deforestation, illegal mining, by anyone in the country

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