Basnayake Nilame of Kataragama writes to President

Saturday, 08 October 2016 - 14:20

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Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhunu Katharagama Maha Devalaya D.P. Kumarage stated that conducting the annual perahera has become an issue with the reduction in the number of elephants held by the Devalaya.

He said that letters have already been sent to the President and the Minister of Wildlife.

Following a Court order, the CID took the tusker named “Bhanu” that belonged to Ruhunu Kataragama Devalaya into custody yesterday.

Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhunu Katharagama Maha Devalaya D P Kumarage also said that the 55 year old “Wasanaa” Tusker who normally carries the relic casket is also suffering from ill health.