Eco-damage at Anavilundawa: CEA accuses Police of evading arrest of parties responsible

Eco-damage at Anavilundawa: CEA accuses Police of evading arrest of parties responsible

22 September 2020 08:27 am

The Central Environmental Authority accused Sri Lanka Police Department of evading arrest of a former Pradeshiya Sabha chairman who is suspected of bulldozing and committing eco-damage at a part of Anavilundawa Sancuary.

Although the maximum support has been given from the CEA's side, Police are not making the arrest, it pointed out. 

"The culprits identified at that time in connection with the wetland project of Anavilundawa Reserve have been arrested and produced before Court by Police. However, Police have still avoided recording a statement from the former chairman revealed in the statements of the produced suspects, who is yet to be arrested," CEA Chairman S. Amarasinghe said, calling in a press conference yesterday (21).

"We made a request from Police to collect a statement from the alleged chairman and inform the government, the department and the defence ministry asap. Judicial proceedings are operational, but only with the suspects currently apprehended for the incident. Others have not yet been arrested," Amarasinghe divulged. 

The CEA Chairman also revealed that they have submitted the necessary report, assistance in appearing before Court and all relevant information pertaining to the department for the continuity of the judicial proceedings. 

Upon query by a reporter whether the prime suspect to the case is a sibling of a government minister, Amarasinghe said that he does not know the accuracy to that claim, emphasising that this should be uncovered by Police. However, the public is not satisfied with the statement made by the relevant minister that he has no involvement to the case and the fact that Police have failed to locate the target, he added.