Wildlife officers bust poaching ring in Lunugamwehera
4 individuals were arrested by Wildlife officials yesterday in a forest reserve in the Lunugamwehera area for poaching.
The suspects include a Sergeant and two soldiers attached to the Army Special Forces camp in Kuda Oya and another civilian. The suspects were arrested yesterday based on a tip-off.
At the time of arrest, the wildlife officials recovered 58kg of venison, 2.5kg of dried venison, a motorbike, a three-wheeler as well as an SUV belonging to the Sri Lanka Army.
Wildlife officials noted that 7 others involved in the racket fled the location. The arrested suspects were produced before the Wellawaya Magistrate Court last evening and they were released on sureties of Rs 200,000 each.
Rahul Samantha (Hambantota)