The Frontline Socialist Party alleges that the Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Conservation is attempting to cover up the unruly incidents in Yala owing to the involvement of a son of a Cabinet Minister.
The charge was levelled by Education Secretary of the Party Pubudu Jagoda.
Jagoda said the Minister whose son is allegedly involved in the incident remains a mystery.
He also charged that the youth had behaved in such a reckless and unruly manner on previous occasions as well within the Yala National Park.
A series of videos were circulated on social media of a group of individuals entering the ecological zone reserved for wild animals at the Yala National Park in defenders and pickup trucks.
Amidst severe criticism, a decision was reached to take legal action against the group for violating the Wildlife and Vegetation Act.
Nine individuals who were involved in the incident by recklessly driving vehicles surrendered to authorities yesterday and were released on surety bail.
The group was released on Rs.500,000 bail each by the Tissamaharama Magistrate’s Court yesterday (26).
The group of nearly 100 individuals entered the park last Saturday in 33 jeeps.
The attention of the Department of Wildlife was drawn to the incident after several videos were released on social media of the manner in which the group traveled in the vehicles.
The Department said officers are closely monitoring the violation of wildlife laws through CCTV footage.
The Department stated that steps will be taken to inform Court of the developments.
A wildlife officer and six volunteer guides who accompanied the groups also recorded statements pertaining to the incident.