Ex-UNP MP, eight others enlarged on bail
Polonnaruwa Wildlife Officers and STF apprehended Ex-UNP MP Sidney Jayaratne and eight others, who had allegedly been partying inside the Somawathiya National Park in Polonnaruwa on 17 September. They had made their entry into the Park surreptitiously.
Wildlife Officers had also seized eight motorcycles used by the former MP and his friends. Upon questioning the ex-MP and his friends, they had told the Wildlife Officers that they had come to the National Park for partying.
Meanwhile, the Wildlife Officers charged the former MP and his friends had consumed liquor in the course of their merry-making. Fifteen people, in two groups, had been arrested on charges of illegal entry into the National Park, lighting a fire within the premises, fishing, setting up camps and consuming liquor. The suspects were produced before the Polonnaruwa Court and released on bail.