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Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - 13:21
Update : An elephant calf belonging to Magistrate Thilina Gamage handed over to wild life department
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An elephant calf that was with Colombo Hultsdorf Additional Magistrate Thilina Gamagey was handed over to the Wildlife office yesterday.

Wildlife Director General H. D. Ratnayake said that the elephant calf that had been with the Magistrate Thilina Gamagey was brought in a vehicle and handed over to the wildlife office by a group of the Magistrate’s servants.

Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamagey had sent a letter earlier to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa.

It had been stated in the letter that the elephant that had been in his possession had been registered at the Wildlife Conservation Department under the name of Dissanayake Bandaagey Chandraratne Yatavara resident at the address Number 409, Ovitigama, Meegoda.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate had stated in his letter that he had bought the said elephant after checking the Wildlife Department documents relevant to the elephant’s registration pertinent to permit number 334 and ensuring the accuracy of the said particulars.

It was further stated in the letter that subsequently he had requested the Wildlife Department for the transfer of the elephant permit to him and that accordingly approval had been given for it.

Meanwhile The CID and the Wildlife Department started digging the premises of Vipashyaramaya in Maharagama, in search of carcasses of two elephant calves, allegedly buried in the temple premises yesterday.

They have also sought the assistance of the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology of the Kelaniya University.

A complaint was lodged by Deputy Minister of Tourism Wasantha Senanayake, requesting to investigate removal of elephant calves from jungles.

This was initiated following the information obtained from Niraj Roshan alias Ali Roshan who is now in remand custody, with regard to the investigation over 11 wild elephants.

Accordingly, CID informed the Colombo chief Magistrate those carcasses of two elephant calves have been buried in the temple premise of Vipashyaramaya in Maharagama.

Later, Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya has ordered the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology of the Kelaniya University to inspect the respective temple premises.

Update : Thursday, 14 May 2015 - 8:56
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Police and Wild Life still digging a temple premises in Maharagama in search of a buried elephant calf

The CID and the Wildlife Department are still digging the premises of Vipashyaramaya in Maharagama, in search of carcasses of two elephant calves, allegedly buried in the temple premises.

They have also sought the assistance of the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology of the Kelaniya University.

A complaint was lodged by Deputy Minister of Tourism Wasantha Senanayake, requesting to investigate regarding the removal of elephant calves from jungles.

This was initiated following the information obtained from Niraj Roshan alias Ali Roshan who is now in remand custody, with regard to the investigation over 11 wild elephants.

Accordingly, CID informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate those carcasses of two elephant calves have been buried in the temple premise of Vipashyaramaya in Maharagama.

Later, Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya has ordered the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology of the Kelaniya University to inspect the respective temple premises.

The CID and the Wildlife Department started digging the temple premises today in search of the carcasses under the orders of the Colombo Chief Magistrate.



Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - 07:32 PM
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Buried ‘Baby Elephant’ found in a temple premises

CID is conducting a search operation at Maharagama Vipakshyaraama temple, in search of the carcasses of elephant calves that were allegedly buried after they died.

The search operation is conducted following a court order.

The Director General of the Wildlife Department stated that a team of officers from the Department have also joined the operation.

CID has received information that elephant calves caught from the wild have being held at this temple, while several elephant calves among them have also died in the premises.

The search operation is conducted under the suspicion that the carcasses of the calves have been buried in the temple premises

Expressing his views regarding the case, Police media spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara had this to say.
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