Wildlife officers surrender over abduction

A group of wildlife officers surrendered to the Magistrate’s court in Wellawaya today over the abduction and assault on four people including two police officers last month.
The police media unit said that seven wildlife officers surrendered to the court today after remaining in hiding since the 22nd of last month.
All seven wildlife officers are to be produced before an identification parade tomorrow.
The police said that wildlife officers had abducted two policemen and two others who were involved in a raid on a ganja plantation in the Udawalawe national park last month.
The police said that the policemen were part of a 22 member police team involved in the raid at the park.
After locating one ganja plantation two policemen were stationed at that location with weapons while the others proceeded to another location in the park to look for more ganja plantations.
The police claimed that at this time a group of wildlife officers of the park had abducted the two policemen and two others who assisted in the raid.
The four people were later freed after being assaulted. (Colombo Gazette)