Damana residents allege that timber smugglers have cut down teak trees

Damana residents allege that timber smugglers have cut down teak trees

Written by Staff Writer

11 Apr, 2015 | 8:47 pm

Residents of Damana which is within close proximity to the Malayadi Reserve says that timber smugglers have cut down around 40 teak trees in the reserve.

Residents add that even though the reserve is of no use to the villagers it has become a source of great importance to Timber smugglers.

The residents of Ambalanoya and Neeththa had planted the teak trees in the Malayadi reserve, around 15 years back. The villagers raise allegations that the timber smugglers are taking use of the trees in the reserve.

The very recent incident was reported on Friday.

On information received that  timber smugglers are in the reserve, the police  together with the Grama Sevaka officers of Madawalalanda and Ambalanoya, raided the reserve after consulting the Damana Divisional Secretariat.

Police were able to seize teak logs, a motorcycle and a saw that was used to cut down the trees. However,  the suspects had escaped. Police stated that investigations are underway to arrest the suspects.

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