Abduction and assault on two PCs, civilian informants
Wildlife officers identified
Seven Wildlife Department officials who allegedly abducted and
assaulted two police constables from the Walana Vice Squad and two
civilian police informants, a fortnight ago while raiding a ganja
plantation at Udawalawa surrendered to the Wellawaya Magistrate’s Court
for an identification parade on Thursday.
Thereafter, they went into hiding in the Udawalawa jungle after
releasing the suspects. All seven suspects involved in the assault and
the abduction were remanded by the Wellawaya Magistrate till February 12
following their identification.
IGP N.K. Illangakoon has ordered the Director, Colombo Crimes
Division (CCD) SSP, D.R.L. Ranaweera to investigate the abduction and
assault on the police officers and the civilian informants at the state
A CCD police team led by ASP Nuwan Wedasinghe proceeded to Udawalawe
last week and recorded the statements of the suspect Wildlife Department
officers, and the abducted police officers and their informants.
The Wildlife officers’ brazen act of abducting and assaulting two
armed policemen in uniform and whether they were working hand in glove
with a mafia drug cartel in the area is being investigated by the
Colombo Crime Division. “There would have been a major calamity had
there been an exchange of fire between the policemen and the Wildlife
Department officers who were also armed.
This could have possibly taken place when they tried to seize the
weapons of the policemen,” a senior police officer said.
The incident occurred when policemen and the trackers were uprooting
a ganja plantation in the Orukengala jungle. The beaten up police
officers and the informants were later admitted to the Hambegamuwa
Hospital following their release.
DIG Uva province M.R. Lathiff was in a rescue operation to free the
policemen from their captors. Twenty-one policemen from the Walana Vice
Squad left for Hambegamuwa to raid a 15-acre ganja (Canabis Sativa)
plantation last week. Four suspects at the ganja cultivation were
arrested and a muzzle loading gun and several mobile phones were seized
in the raid.
Several ganja plants to the value of Rs. 4 million were uprooted and
set ablaze. “We are investigating how ganja plants worth millions of
rupees could be grown at a state forest reservation without the
knowledge of Wildlife Department officials,” a senior police officer