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Thursday, 24 August 2017 - 12:55
Teacher among group arrested in Lunugamwehera Forest for treasure hunting
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Wildlife officials arrested three persons who had entered the Lunugamwehera Forest Reserve illegally this morning (24).

It was found that they had entered the forest for treasure hunting.

The suspects had escaped from the area in a jeep after the wildlife officials had tried to check the vehicle.

Then the wildlife officials have given chase and shot at the rear wheel of the jeep, forcing the suspects to stop it.

Investigations revealed that there were five suspects in the jeep and two of them had escaped while the wildlife officials had apprehended the other three.

Our correspondent said one of the suspect was a teacher from a leading school in Matara and the second suspect was a minor staff member from the Wildlife Department.

He was a resident of Kataragama. The third suspect was a resident of Bereli Hela in Tissamaharama.

The suspects will be produced before Tissamaharama Court today.

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