Elephants at the centre of extensive investigation; focus on missing data book

Elephants at the centre of extensive investigation; focus on missing data book

Elephants at the centre of extensive investigation; focus on missing data book

Written by Staff Writer

16 Dec, 2015 | 1:54 pm

Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Gamini Jayawickrama Perera announced in Parliament on Wednesday that the investigations in to the missing elephant data book will be conducted by a retired judge.

UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana said:

..At a previous occassion in your Ministry, the elephant data book was reported missing. Have you not taken any action with regard to the errors committed by the top tier officials? …”

Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Gamini Jayawickrama Perera stated:

A large number of allegations have been made and one is the disappearance of the elephant data book and that it was at Temple Trees, adding that there are allegations where the elephant was killed to take away the calf.

He also said:

In this backdrop investigation were carried out and four elephants have been located while twenty two arrests have also been made. Twenty elephants will be moved to a secure location in Udawalawe. This process will take another month. Allegations were made against the officials, and now the entire Department of Wildlife is inefficient. Therefore, I appointed a one-member committee of Retired Supreme Court Justice Gamini Dissanaayke to conduct the investigation. He will commence the investigation next week …”

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