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* Sri Lanka police investigate abduction of police officers by wildlife officials
Fri, Jan 25, 2013, 12:50 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka police had launched a special investigation into the abduction of two police officers by the by wildlife conservation officers in the Udawalawe National Park.

Police media spokesperson SSP Prishantha Jayakody told local media today motive for the abduction of the police officer is not immediately known and the wildlife officials have interfered with the duties of the police officers.

The police spokesman said the wildlife conservation officers are in charge of the security of the park and the officers of police anti-corruption unit had gone into the park to raid massive marijuana cultivation.

The police officers have raided one cultivation and stationed two officers there while the others have gone to raid another cultivation when the wildlife officers have abducted the two police officers even after they identified themselves as police officers, the spokesman explained.

Director General of the Department of Wildlife, H. D. Ratnayaka has said that the Department has also appointed a committee to conduct an investigation into the incident.

The two policemen attached to the Panadura-Walana Anti-Corruption Unit had been released, the spokesman said.

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