The Polonnaruwa Wildlife Raid Unit successfully apprehended four individuals engaged in illegal mining activities in the Ambanganga Palankaduwa area of the Polonnaruwa Wasgamuwa National Park today (10) morning.
According to Kumarasiri Wijekoon, a site guard with the Polonnaruwa wildlife raid unit, the arrested suspects are residents of the Ambanganga area and are aged between 30 and 35 years.
Wijekoon further explained that these individuals had been trespassing and residing within the Ambanganga Palamkaduwa area of the Polonnaruwa Wasgamuwa National Park for an extended period. During their stay, they had been excavating substantial pits and engaging in mining activities, which had caused significant environmental damage.
In addition to the arrests, the Polonnaruwa raiding unit officers seized various pieces of equipment used by the suspects for their mining operations.
The four apprehended individuals are scheduled to appear before the Polonnaruwa Magistrate’s Court to face legal proceedings related to their illegal mining activities.