(NewsRadio); Statements have been recorded from 10 individuals over Monday’s incident within the Yala National Park.
Statements were recorded by two committees that have been appointed to investigate the incident.
Accordingly, Officer-in-charge, his deputy, seven guides and a wildlife officer have been questioned over the incident.
Members of committee have also visited the location where the incident occurred.
Two teams appointed to investigate Monday’s incident at the Yala National Park left for Tissamaharama yesterday from Colombo.
One of the committees was appointed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation, Chandra Herath.
The other committee has been appointed by the Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation, Chandana Sooriyabandara.
They are tasked with investigating the conduct of officers on duty when a group of nearly 100 individuals entered the park on Monday in a fleet of 32 vehicles and drove recklessly within the park.
The group of individuals is accused of harming and harassing wild animals in the Yala National Park, by driving the vehicles recklessly.
Meanwhile, the Department of Wildlife Conservation has taken measures to obtain the registration details of the 32 vehicles that entered the park on Monday.
Officials intend to track down the individuals who entered the park by obtaining details of the vehicles.
The Department is hoping to arrest all individuals who were involved in the incident.
The Department of Wildlife Conservation has already blacklisted those who entered the Yala National Park on Monday and disturbed wild animals.
The Warden of the Yala National Park took steps to take legal action against the individuals who entered the Park in a fleet of vehicles and drove recklessly harassing the wild animals in violation of the Fauna and Flora Protection Act.
Director General of the Wildlife Department Chandana Suriyabandara meanwhile, temporarily suspended the services of seven officers who neglected their duties and contributed directly or indirectly to the incident until the investigation is completed.
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.
Meanwhile, the nine individuals who behaved in an unruly manner at the Yala National Park by recklessly driving defenders and pickup trucks were released on bail.
The group was released on Rs.500,000 surety bail each by the Tissamaharama Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (26).
The nine individuals surrendered to authorities on Wednesday morning (26) while seven vehicles were also handed over to authorities.