8 excise department officials who had attempted to illegally enter into the premises of the Yala reserve have been arrested.
According to a senior spokesman of the Department of Wild Life a tour driver is also said to be amongst those arrested.
The group had charged that they were attempting to execute a raid within the reserve and had attempted to illegally enter into a lodge.
According to the Spokesman of the Department of Wild Life the suspects had been under the influence of alcohol during the time of arrest.
Furthermore execution of such raids devoid of the permission of officials is proscribed while inebriated.
Due to the non disclosure of identities by exercise officials an argument had subsequently arisen between both parties.
The group which had been placed under arrest then had been produced before the Thissa-Maharama magistrate's court and were consequently enlarged on cash bail each amounting to one hundred thousand rupees.