Two forest officers along with a civil defence officer have been remanded till the 19th of this month for the shooting of the 29 year old Indigenous youth from Henanigala South in the New Madagama region.
The killing occurred during a shootout between a group of indigenous individuals and a group of forest officers in the night day before yesterday.
In the meantime during a press conference held to clarify details pertaining to the shooting, Minister of Agrarian Services and Wildlife, S. M. Chandrasena stated that no armed individual can enter the forest reserve after 6pm.
According to the indigenous community's leader Uruwarige Wanniela Aththo, the forest officers who are refraining from shooting at smugglers who use automatic weapons, have no hesitation in shooting at the indigenous people in the forest who hunt using flintlock weapons.
He further stated that the indigenous people of Sri Lanka have been granted permission to carry out their lifestyle by the President of Sri Lanka and that if no solution to the problem is presented, this forest war will continue for an extended time period.
He further urged the authorities or the Minister of Agrarian Services and Wildlife to clearly show and demarcate the borders within which the indigenous community can safely carry out their lifestyle.