Jun 18, 2017

Land grabbing near Ailiya reserve

A certain group has seized, after clearing and setting fire, a jungle adjoining the Ailiya government reserve near Parana Eluwankulam, Wanathavilluwa close to Wilpattu national park, reports say.

The reserve and the adjoining land extend to nearly 2,500 acres.

Attempts to clear the jungle previously, including in 2016, failed as the media exposed the racketeers.

Now, people of the area accuse certain politicians and state officials of aiding them.

The racketeers have already felled Palu, Weera, Kohomba and other valuable trees in the forest and taken away the timber.