15 soldiers nabbed for illegal tree felling in Wilpattu

A group of 15 army soldiers, attached to the Mannar army camp, have been arrested for illegally cutting down trees within the Wilpattu forest reserve.

The suspects were arrested while transporting the timber along with a truck belonging to the Sri Lanka Army following an operation carried out by Wildlife officers and Silawathura Police on Tuesday (5).

They were released on bail after being produced at the Mannar Magistrate’s Court and ordered to appear before the court on January 27, police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

He stated that steps have been taken to notify the Sri Lanka Army regarding the incident.


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