COLOMBO (NewsRadio); Two teams appointed to investigate Monday’s incident at the Yala National Park is scheduled to leave Colombo today.
One of the committees was appointed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation, Chandra Herath.
The three-member committee is headed by an Additional Secretary of the Ministry and two officials from the Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Department of National Zoological Gardens.
The other committee has been appointed by the Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation, Chandana Sooriyabandara.
It comprises of a Director of the Department and two other officers.
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 33 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.
The Department of Wildlife Conservation already had decided to blacklist 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 yesterday.
The group was released on Rs.500,000 surety bail each by the Tissamaharama Magistrate’s Court yesterday (26).
The nine individuals surrendered to authorities last morning (26) while seven vehicles were also handed over to authorities.