Wildlife Dept asks IGP to take action

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Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation, Dr. K.M.A. Bandara requested IGP C.D. Wickremaratne to take action in regard to the illegal acquisition of land in the Kebiliththa forest and interruption of Wildlife patrols.

The letter was sent in accordance with the instructions of Minister of Wildlife and Forest Resources, Mahinda Amaraweera to arrest and take legal action against those who encroach Kebilittha forest and assault wildlife officers and also urged to safeguard the Forest Conversation Office.

The Ministry observed that the Forest Conservation Office contains equipment worth Rs 15 million, 800,000 plant species to be planted in the forest and as it is State property, its protection is vital. In the letter addressed to the IGP, it was stated that the Moneragala DIG did not intervene in the matter on the basis that the encroachers could not be controlled with the involvement of the Police.

By Nirmani Gunaratne