Buffalo heads left near road in Matale
By Buddhika Samaraweera
An incident was reported on Thursday (14), in which heads of two buffaloes were left near the Riverstone Road in the Pitawala Pathana area of Matale.
It is believed that the buffaloes had been killed on the previous day. The residents said, the cattle in the area live mostly in the forests and farmers take them from time-to-time to do the necessary work in their paddy fields and then send them back to the forests.
When contacted, a resident of the Matale area said, such incidents had been going on for a long time. He added that several unidentified groups come and kill the buffaloes at night and take away the meat.
Ramil Wickramasinghe, a social media user, who had posted the incident on Facebook had published the views of owner of the killed buffaloes. In the video, the owner said, such incidents had been reported for a long time, but no authority had paid enough attention to them.
When contacted, Ramil said, since most of the people in the area were engaged in agriculture, slaughtering buffaloes in this manner was a great loss to them. He said, due to the geographical location of the area, buffaloes are often used by farmers as tractors cannot reach the paddy fields. “I was also told by the villagers that within these few days of this year, four buffaloes have been killed in this manner.”
Meanwhile, when inquired about this from the Laggala Police OIC, he said, after learning about the incident through social media, an officer was sent to the scene to investigate the incident.
Pic by Ramil Wickramasinghe